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Miller out to strike balance

National selector Geoff Miller believes managing the workloads of England players is vital to keep the side competitive in all formats.

Kevin Pietersen was the headline name rested for the one-day and Twenty20 tour of New Zealand in February when the squad was named on Sunday.

And Miller intimated that similar decisions would be made in the future as players have to deal with an increasingly crowded fixture schedule.

He said: "Following on from the ODI tour to India, the tour to New Zealand will require players to adapt to different conditions and will prove a real challenge for the squad as we look to continue the progress we have made in limited overs cricket recently.

"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."

Pietersen faces a hectic schedule over the next 18 months, with England due to play 15 Tests - including home and away Ashes series - embark on a one-day tour to the West Indies on top of the India and New Zealand series, compete in a home Champions Trophy and bid to win the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh.

Added to that is the Indian Premier League, which starts in April.

With Pietersen absent, James Anderson, Jonathan Trott and Swann have returned to the 14-man one-day squad after being rested for the India series.

England's three-match ODI series begins on February 17 in Hamilton.

The 14-man T20 squad features two changes from the party selected for the recent series against India with Stuart Broad returning from a heel injury to captain the side and quick Steven Finn also back in the fold.

The England and Wales Cricket Board also announced a 16-man England Lions squad for the limited overs tour of Australia in February which will be captained by Joe Root, who made his Test debut earlier this month against India.