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Anderson: England will miss Pietersen

ESPN staff
September 20, 2012

James Anderson has lamented the absence of "match-winner" Kevin Pietersen for England's upcoming winter tour of India.

Pietersen has not played for England since being dropped during the Test series with South Africa this summer after sending derogatory text messages about former captain Andrew Strauss to members of the South African team.

Despite efforts to reach reconciliation with the ECB, the issue exposed the apparent breakdown in Pietersen's relationship with his England team-mates, which played a key role in the decision to omit him from the touring squad.

But Anderson expressed his disappointment that the course of events has denied England a player of Pietersen's calibre ahead of a huge series.

"There's obviously been talks going between Kevin and the ECB and unfortunately this is the situation we're left with - he's not coming to India," Anderson told Sky Sports News. "There's not really much we can do about it.

"He's a batsman that can win matches, he can turn games on their head in no time at all. We saw that in Sri Lanka when he got a big hundred in the game that we won in Sri Lanka at the start of the year, [and] the huge hundred he got against South Africa at Headingley.

"He's a great player and any team would want him in their side both for his talent and his match-winning ability, but the situation as it is at the minute is he's not coming to India.

"As players, we've got to move on and try and focus as well as we can on the cricket out in India."

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