Swann happy to have KP back

Daily Echo: KEVIN PIETERSEN KEVIN PIETERSEN

Spinner Graeme Swann is happy Kevin Pietersen is back in the England fold after admitting to getting ''fed up'' with the talk about his relationship with the rest of the squad.

Former Hampshire player Pietersen is en route to India to join up with the national side ahead of a four-Test series, having not played with them since the second Test against South Africa in August.

A high-profile rift between the South Africa-born batsman and former captain Andrew Strauss was at the start of a chain of events that saw Pietersen placed in the international wilderness.

He is back on board now, though, having worked things out with the England and Wales cricket Board, Strauss and the other players.

''More than anything it is a good thing it is done and dusted,'' Swann said.

''A line has been drawn under it and the actual cricket can go back to doing the talking rather than off-field antics.

''I am sure it can get back to how it was. I think a lot depended on Kevin. He seems in a place now where he is happy to play again, he has committed himself to the team and that's good moving forward.

''I think that everyone is singing from the same hymn sheet now. I think there has been a bit of honesty and a bit of contriteness from certain parties. I think everybody is fed up with it and that's why we just want to play cricket.''

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