Former Hampshire batsman Kevin Pietersen looks set to finally be reintegrated into the England set-up after Andy Flower this morning revealed his hopes for a positive resolution to months of unrest.
Here, Press Association Sport recaps Pietersen's tumultuous summer with, and without, England.
May 23 - Pietersen is fined by the ECB for a Twitter outburst against Sky commentator Nick Knight. The batsman wrote: "Can somebody please tell me how Nick Knight has worked his way into the commentary box for the Tests?? Ridiculous."
May 31 - Retires from one-day internationals, with ECB contract rules meaning he must also take his leave of the Twenty20 format. His statement stresses: "For the record, were the selection criteria not in place, I would have readily played for England in the upcoming ICC World Twenty20."
July 2 - Out to the first ball of Hampshire's Twenty20 win against Surrey at The Oval, Liam Dawson dismissing him for the first of two golden ducks in as many games against his former county.
July 9 - Admits he still harbours hope of playing limited-overs cricket for England again. Asked if he could eventually reconsider his retirement, Pietersen said "never say never" but added: "The schedule would have to be a hell of a lot different for me to come back. Wait and see."
July 13 - Reveals he would "love to play for another three or four years in all forms of cricket" and, asked if talks are in progress with the ECB, intriguingly replies: "I think so".
August 6 - After scoring 149 in the first innings of the second Test against South Africa, casts doubt on his Test future, claiming "obstacles" must be overcome in order for him to continue beyond the third Test at Lord's and adding: "It's tough being me playing for England".
August 11 - Pietersen says he "wants to commit to all forms of cricket for England" in a video posted on YouTube. He adds: I've had a change of heart because I love playing cricket for England, I love being part of a successful England team. It would be sad for me to finish with the way things have been running through the media in the last three or four days."
August 12 - Left out for the third Test against South Africa but insists: "None of this constitutes the end of my career as an international cricketer."
August 15 - The ECB confirm they have received an apology from Pietersen and an admission he sent "provocative" text messages to members of the South African team. Pietersen says: "I truly didn't mean to cause upset or tension, particularly with important games at stake."
August 19 - Booed off in his first game at Hampshire since leaving, bowled first ball - by that man Liam Dawson - in a CB40 match.
August 21 - Pietersen is left out of England squads for the limited-overs series against South Africa and September's World Twenty20 and team director Andy Flower seeks details of the texts sent to Proteas players.
September 7 - The ECB announce 10 centrally contracted players for the 2012-13 season which does not include Pietersen. The accompanying statement reveals: "In respect to Kevin Pietersen, discussions are ongoing - and they remain private."
September 18: Pietersen is left out of the Test squad to tour India after much speculation about his potential selection. A statement released by his management company reads: "Kevin Pietersen is naturally disappointed about today's decision, having gone to great lengths to reach a reconciliation with the ECB."
October 2: Flower reveals he is expecting a positive resolution "in the next 36 hours" following extensive talks between Pietersen and the ECB.