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Pietersen back on message

Kevin Pietersen has convinced England's management of his good faith and commitment to serving the tourists long into the future.

Pietersen is expected to play his second and final warm-up match today before the start of the tough four-Test series against India.

His return to the fold last week, after his summer of discontent, brought 23 frenetic runs against India A. He then sat out the tour match against Mumbai A, but will be hoping to fine tune preparations for next week's first Test in Ahmedabad in the four-day fixture against Haryana.

England have been on message to a man about Pietersen's well-being and the harmonious atmosphere in the camp since he completed his "reintegration" and subsequently was added to the tour squad.

Graeme Swann, meanwhile, is expected to play in the first Test against India despite returning to England to be with his ill daughter.

A statement from the England and Wales Cricket Board revealed that Swann had already returned home to be with his family. The spinner is, however, expected to return for the November 15 start.

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