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Pietersen included in England's Test squad

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  • Kevin Pietersen included in England's 16-man squad for tour of South Africa
  • South African-born Pietersen sidelined since July following Achilles operation
  • Uncapped trio Steven Davies, Adil Rashid and Luke Wright all named in squad
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(CNN) -- Star batsman Kevin Pietersen has been named in England's 16-man Test and one-day squad for the winter tour of South Africa -- but will have his fitness assessed following an Achilles problem.

England have selected star batsman Kevin Pietersen in their squad for the winter tour of South Africa.

England have selected star batsman Kevin Pietersen in their squad for the winter tour of South Africa.

However, veteran paceman Steve Harmison has been left out, as have batsmen Ravi Bopara and Owais Shah and spinner Monty Panesar.

Harmison has indicated he would quit international cricket if he missed out on selection.

South African-born Pietersen, 29, has been sidelined since July following surgery, but was among the names announced by national selector Geoff Miller for the 11-week trip.

Although he is not certain to be fit for the two Twenty20 internationals on November 13 and 15, England remain optimistic of Pietersen's return during the five-match one-day series, which begins on November 20 in Johannesburg and concludes a fortnight later in Durban.

All-rounder Paul Collingwood is included despite being troubled recently by a torn buttock muscle.

The Test squad, missing Andrew Flintoff following his retirement, also contains three uncapped players: Surrey wicketkeeper Steven Davies, Yorkshire leg-spinner Adil Rashid and Sussex all-rounder Luke Wright, while Durham pace bowler Liam Plunkett has also been recalled to the Test squad.

Andrew Strauss will captain the squad with fellow-opener Alastair Cook named as vice-captain.

Miller told reporters: "Kevin Pietersen is making good progress with his recovery from surgery on his injured Achilles.

"He will join up with the rest of the squad in South Africa following the first two T20 internationals and his fitness will be reassessed ahead of the one-day series.

"Steve Harmison has not been included in the Test squad because we feel his form has not been consistent enough over the past 12 months to justify a regular place in the side and we want to give an opportunity to other players to make a case for selection."

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