WHEN Kevin Pietersen says Ive refreshedmyhead,Englandsrapidly- assembling Barmy Army will under- standhehasntsimplybeenforaquick shower. Its been an annus bloodyawfulis for KP. Robbed of the captaincy back in January because he was honest about coach Peter Moores. Slammedforhisconcentrationlevels then hailed as our hero while England beat the West Indies, crashed out of theWorldTwenty20,wonthe Ashes largely without him, then slumped to one- day defeats against Aus- tralia here and at the Champions Trophy. Andbytheendof allthat, KP had suddenly become a peripheral figure, who could only lumber about on crutches, watching while his mates tried to survive on E n g l a n d s c r i c k e t i n g roller-coaster. Butthoughhewontjointhe rest of the squad on the flight to Johannesburg over the weekend, Pietersen will be heading back to the coun- try of his birth for the Twenty20 clashes next month insisting: Im ready to go. The Achilles injury which reducedEnglandsonlyworld- class batsman to a two-Test Ashesseriesrequiredsurgery and the operation was not straight-forward. Buttendonscanbemended and KP makes no bones about it: This year has been one of the toughest of my career, with the captaincy debacle in January plus the injury. But the break has refreshed my head and who knows how Ill come back as a player. My Achilles wont hamper me any more and I definitely feel fresh mentally. Ill be starting off really enjoying myself -- and this year I havent par- ticularly enjoyed playing cricket because I was in pain and because of what happened in January. Its been a tough thing for me. I believe everything happens for a reason and these three months have happened to refresh me. Knowing that I was sort of falling out of love with the game, it was a symbol or a sign for me to refresh and recharge my batteries. Jonathan Trott, another of EnglandsSouthAfrican-born contingent, is not quite as happy as he prepares to fly out over the weekend. Still smarting from former captain Michael Vaughans allegations that he celebrated with South Africa after they beat England to clinch the last series at Edgbaston in 2008. A clearly upset Trott, who had been Vaughans 12th man a week before the incident,saidtoday:There were no high-fives or anything like that. But Michael Vaughan walkedpast.Iwasinthe wrong place at the wrong time. I would never behave like that against the team I was trying to play for at the time -- and now have the chance to play for. Allan Donald went into the South African changing room but I didnt go anywhere near. 46 Friday, 30 October 2009 London Lite ENGLAND PARTY: THE WHOS WHO ANDREWSTRAUSS CAPTAIN,BOTHSQUADS Big,bigtourthisforaman borninJohannesburg. Straussmayhavewon theAsheslastsummer butthatwasonhome soil.Hisbattinglooks solid,butisheasolid leaderunderpressure? JAMESANDERSON TESTANDODISQUADS Hesgoingbacktowhere hefirsthittheheadlines --againstPakistanin CapeTownduringthe 2003WorldCup.Hes comealongwaysince thenbutcanheswingit ontheHighveld? TIMBRESNAN ODISQUAD ThebigYorkshireman lookslikehecanhitita mile,butwehaventseen enoughofit.Hitabrave 80intheChampions Trophysemiagainst AustraliainSouthAfrica justlastmonth. STUARTBROAD TESTANDODISQUADS Nottinghamshirespin-up andEnglandsheroofthe Ashesappearstobemore suitedtoTestcricketwith batandballbuttheresno doubtinghisall-round talent.Mightneedayard ofextrapaceonthistour. PAULCOLLINGWOOD TESTANDODISQUADS NobodydoubtsCollys athleticism,norhisability toproducethegoods withhisbacktothewall. Buthestruggledduring theODIseriesagainstthe Aussiesandneedsto restoreconfidence. ALASTAIRCOOK TESTANDODISQUADS Thevice-captainhas donesomeworkonhis techniqueandtwoone- daytonsforEssexsee himincludedintheODI squad.Needstoscore runsconsistentlyinboth formsofthegame. JOEDENLY ODISQUADONLY EveryoneinKentbelieves inhim,butcanhe convincetheBarmy Army?Injuredplaying footballbeforetheAussie ODIseries,hecameback toscore54 againstthem whentheserieswaslost. SAJIDMAHMOOD ODISQUADONLY TheLancashire ladmade hisfirstappearancefor EnglandagainstNew Zealandwaybackin 2004.Hehasappeared sinceinsporadicbursts andknowshesinthelast chancesaloon. EOINMORGAN ODISQUADONLY Thefaceofthefuture fromMiddlesex.Irishand fullofimprovisation, MorganshowedSouth Africaduringthe ChampionsTrophythat heiscapableofgreat things. GRAHAMONIONS TESTANDODISQUADS WhilehisDurhamteam- mateSteveHarmisonsits athomecontemplating theend,Onionswillbe hopingforthechanceto proveheistheRiversides primaryweapon--with oneeyeonLiamPlunkett. LITESPORT I needed a break. I fell out of love with cricket SUNDAY:ENGLANDSQUADARRIVE. NOV6:PRESIDENTSXI,BLOEMFONTEIN NOV8:PRESIDENTSXI,KIMBERLEY NOV10:SAFRICAA,20/20BLOEMFONTEIN NOV13:FIRST20/20,JOHANNESBURG NOV15:SECOND20/20,JOHANNESBURG NOV17:SOUTHAFRICAA-50-OVERS,POTCHEFSTROOM NOV20:1STODI,JOHANNESBURG NOV22:2ND ODI,CENTURION NOV27:3RDODI,CAPETOWN NOV29:4THODI,PORTELIZABETH DEC4:5THODI,DURBAN DEC9-10:SAAIRWAYSXI,TOURMATCH,EASTLONDON DEC11-12:SAAIRWAYSXI,TOURMATCH,EASTLONDON DEC16-20:1STTEST,CENTURION DEC26-30:2NDTEST,DURBAN JAN3-7,2010:3RDTEST,CAPETOWN JAN14-18:4THTEST,JOHANNESBURG JAN19:ENGLANDSQUADDEPART SOUTH AFRICA TOUR Jumping for joy: KP looked okay on the outside theWorldTwenty20,wonthe Ashes largely without him, then slumped to one- day defeats against Aus- Andbytheendof allthat, KP had suddenly become a peripheral figure, who could only lumber about on crutches, watching while his mates tried to survive on E n g l a n d s c r i c k e t i n g Butthoughhewontjointhe rest of the squad on the flight to Johannesburg over the weekend, Pietersen will be heading back to the coun- month insisting: Im The Achilles injury which reducedEnglandsonlyworld- class batsman to a two-Test Ashesseriesrequiredsurgery and the operation was not Buttendonscanbemended and KP makes no bones about it: This year has been one of the toughest of my career, with the captaincy debacle in January plus the But the break has refreshed my head and who knows how Ill come back as a player. My Achilles wont hamper me any tough thing for me. I believe everything happens for a reason and these three months have happened to refresh me. Knowing that I was sort of falling out of love with the game, it was a symbol or a sign for me to refresh and recharge my batteries. Jonathan Trott, another of EnglandsSouthAfrican-born contingent, is not quite as happy as he prepares to fly out over the weekend. Still smarting from former captain Michael Vaughans allegations that he celebrated with South Africa after they beat England to clinch the last series at Edgbaston in 2008. A clearly upset Trott, who had been Vaughans 12th man a week before the incident,saidtoday:There were no high-fives or anything like that. But Michael Vaughan walkedpast.Iwasinthe wrong place at the against the team I was trying to play for at the time -- and now have the chance to play for. Allan Donald went into the South African changing room but I didnt go anywhere near. BY NEAL COLLINS Neal Collins on tour with Living With The Lions. To join them in South Africa, call 020 7223 6650, or go to www.livingwiththelions.co.uk In the previous match, I was on 12th-man duty at Headingley and was upset when England lost that match. I was also upset they lost at Edgbaston. I know most of the South African players -- I played with Graeme Smith for South Africa Under-19s for two years. A big thing for me in cricket is to play hard on the field and be friends off it. But its unfortunate this has come out a few days before we leave on tour. Hes not wrong. The South Africa papers are lapping up the comments in Vaughans autobiography Time to Declare. And for KP, Trott and Matt Prior, all born and raised over there, the pressure cooker is beginning to simmer. KPheadsbacktoAfricasmilingbut TrottstroubledbyVaughan More power to the elbow: South Africas Botha Thrown out! 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