Anderson rested for India tour but Pietersen returns

ENGLAND will travel to India for next month’s one-day series without three members of their Ashes winning attack after the selectors opted to rest James Anderson.

With Chris Tremlett and Stuart Broad injured, Surrey’s 22-year-old paceman Stuart Meaker (inset) has earned a first call-up and is joined in the squad by his county colleague, and fellow native South African, Kevin Pietersen.

England’s most destructive batsman was given time off following the Test series against India but has been recalled as part of a 15-man squad scheduled to play two warm-up matches, five one-day internationals and two Twenty20 fixtures.

“A number of injuries and a decision to omit James Anderson in line with our policy of managing player workloads gives opportunities for other talented players to continue to develop as international cricketers,” said national selector Geoff Miller.

Jos Buttler of Somerset and Nottinghamshire opener Alex Hales, who both made their international debuts this summer, will join the squad for the Twenty20 matches in Kolkata.