5 Dec 2008

England cricket captain confident of return to India

8:01 am on 5 December 2008

The England cricket captain Kevin Pietersen says he's confident his team will travel to India for next week's first test in Chennai despite the recent atrocities in the country.

England's squad is on its way to Abu Dhabi where they will practise while England and Wales Cricket Board security experts evaluate the situation in Chennai where the first test is scheduled to start next Thursday.

They returned home last week after the one-day international series was cut short following the militant attacks in Mumbai that killed 171 people.

Pietersen says its very important for the team to go back, "shoulder to shoulder with the Indian people in their time of need."

However, Pietersen says the players won't make a final decision until they had received all the latest reports from the ECB's security manager Reg Dickason and Sean Morris, chief executive of the Professional Cricketers Association.