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Pietersen will get new England contract

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Dec 19, 2012 at 07:18pm IST

London: England's head coach Andy Flower on Wednesday said former cricket captain Kevin Peitersen will be offered a new central contract.

Pietersen is currently on a four-month deal with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) after he was not initially picked for the tour of India. The batsman was dropped in August for sending 'provocative texts' about his team to South Africa players.

"The contract won't be a problem. Kevin has been excellent in every way," Flower told BBC. Pietersen agreed a four-month deal in September to be part of the tour to India. He played an important role in England winning an historic first Test series victory on Indian sold since 1984-85.

Pietersen will get new England contract: Flower

Pietersen is currently on a four-month deal with the England and Wales Cricket Board.

Flower said the England team has moved on since the negotiations that brought Pietersen back into the fold. "We did move on from it as soon as we had our meetings and everyone made a commitment to do so.

"We don't all always get on with people all of the time - any of us in any walk of life - and everyone has made an effort to make it work. It's been really good fun and he should be very proud of the way he's operated out here, both as an individual and as a player," he said.

Flower was impressed with Pietersen's performance against India. Pietersen struck a valuable century in the second Test in Mumbai that helped England bounce back in the series after losing the first Test in Ahmedabad.

"For him to score as quickly as he did there (Mumbai) and put such pressure on the opposition bowlers really helped us turn the series around. He's been excellent in the field and in the dressing room," Flower said.

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