• England's Pietersen dilemma

Broad says 'most' players happy with Pietersen return

ESPN staff
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Stuart Broad is keen to clear the air with Kevin Pietersen, but the England T20 captain hinted not all the players in the camp may be so welcoming to the batsman.

Pietersen has not played for England since the Test series against South Africa in the summer, when it emerged that he had sent text messages to members of the South African team criticising then captain Andrew Strauss - which he subsequently apologised for.

The fallout from the incident exposed serious problems in the relationship between Pietersen and a number of members of the England set-up, however, leading to the decision to omit him from the T20 squad and the upcoming tour of India.

Following lengthy talks with the England management, a 'reintegration' process has begun that the ECB hopes will see Pietersen restored to the fold. A step on that path is a meeting withe the players. Broad claims he is keen to draw a line under the episode, but intimated others may not be so forgiving.

"I want to catch up with KP," Broad told the Sun. "The only way forward is to talk. I think there will be good meetings with most of the England players and hopefully we can draw a line under the whole experience.

"We've had a lot of success in the past with KP in the team. I'm sure he's dying to put on an England shirt again. He's a dangerous player for us."

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