Pietersen set for England rest

23 December 2012 05:18:19 EST

England batsman Kevin Pietersen will be rested for their ODI and Twenty20 encounters on their tour of New Zealand in February.

The South African-born batsman, who returned to the international fold from his well-documented exile to help England secure their first series win in India since 1985, has not been named in the squads for the shorter form of the game.

Pietersen will be involved in the Test series against the Black Caps, as he looks to continue his impressive form from the recent tour in the subcontinent.

National selector Geoff Miller believes that some of England's key players will have to some rest from the national arena before the all-important Ashes Series next summer.

He said: "There are a number of players who we have decided not to select for parts of the competitive programme this winter as we look to manage their workloads effectively while ensuring we remain competitive across all formats.

"We feel this is the best way of keeping players as physically and mentally fresh as possible during a demanding 2013 and beyond.

"Kevin Pietersen will miss the limited overs tour of New Zealand with Graeme Swann missing the T20 leg of the tour. This approach also provides an opportunity for talented young players to gain more international experience which will be important for their development and the development of England sides in the future."

England are 1/20 to win the Ashes series, with Australia at 8/1 to claim the series victory next summer, whilst a draw can backed at 8/1.

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