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Graves rejects Pietersen's claims over England return

Colin Graves has insisted he "didn't make any promises" to Kevin Pietersen about any possible return to Test cricket.

The England and Wales Cricket Board chairman, whose tenure officially started yesterday, released a statement in which he strongly defends his integrity via the governing body's website - his first public response to Pietersen's claims that he has received "incredibly deceitful" treatment.

Pietersen learned on Monday from new ECB director Andrew Strauss, after making a triple-century for Surrey, that his attempt to force his way back into England contention via runs in the LV= County Championship had come to nought.

Graves said: "In the past few days my integrity has been called into question, something I can't accept... I didn't make any promises.

"There were no guarantees that if he chose to exit his IPL (Indian Premier League) contract, play county cricket and score runs he would be selected for England - and I said he should make any decision on his future on that basis."

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