Kevin Pietersen's reintegration into the England side is set to be completed after team director Andy Flower confirmed the controversial batsman will play in the tourists' first warm-up match against India A on Tuesday.
Pietersen had originally been left out of the 16-man squad to tour India as the fallout of his exclusion from the side earlier in the summer continued.
But following a series of successful meetings, Flower has announced Pietersen will make his first England appearance since making a blistering 149 in the second Test against South Africa at Headingley in August. "He is down to play and will be batting at four," Flower said in quotes reported by BBC Sport.
Pietersen was dropped for the third Test with the Proteas for allegedly sending some of the opposition derogatory BBM messages about the now former England captain Andrew Strauss.
While the 32-year-old reversed his decision to retire from the limited-overs forms of the game, the saga rumbled on and he was overlooked for the World Twenty20 before efforts were made to resolve the matter.
Pietersen apologised for his conduct and signed a new central contract earlier this month while he also held meetings with new Test skipper Alastair Cook, Flower and other senior players.
Cook has expressed his delight at Pietersen's return and believes the Surrey batsman's experience will prove invaluable on the sub-continent.
"As I have always said, it's great to have world-class players in our team and if we want to play the standard of cricket we know we are capable of, we will have to have our best players to do that," Cook said. "As a senior batter he is there to get runs and, off the field, to pass on his experience to the rest of the lads.
"He has played a huge amount of cricket, some 90 Test matches, and he has experience of sub-continent cricket with the IPL (Indian Premier League). That experience is valuable to us if we are going to get used to the conditions as quickly as we can."
Pietersen has recently been playing in the Champions League Twenty20 for Delhi Daredevils but joined the England squad on Sunday. Cook will lead the side in the three-day clash against India A in Mumbai ahead of the first of four Tests, which gets under way in Ahmedabad on November 15.