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Last Updated: Sunday November 30 2008 15:20 GMT

India decision for UK cricketers

England's cricket captain Kevin Pietersen

England's cricketers are deciding whether to return to India for two Test matches after abandoning their tour there because of the attacks on Mumbai.

The team stayed at the devastated Taj Mahal hotel during their one-day series against India, but were miles away when armed gangs took it over on Wednesday.

They were already losing the seven-match series 5-0 and now the last two games have been cancelled.

England cricket bosses say the tour will continue, but only if it's safe.

And it's up to the individual players whether or not they want to go back, after the violence in Mumbai was ended by police on Saturday.

The Taj Mahal Palace hotel in Mumbai

England cricket boss Hugh Morris said they were now waiting for security reports on the situation in India before asking the players what they want to do.

But he added that nobody would be forced to take part if they didn't want to.

Before leaving India, captain Kevin Pietersen said his team's safety was a priority.

"We will make every effort to come back for the Tests, but at the end of the day if it's not safe we won't be coming back," he said.

"I'll never force anybody. A man is a man and he can make his own decisions."

Planned matches

England's cricketers are due to take part in two Test matches in India from 11 December.

The second was due to be played in Mumbai, but has now been moved to southern city of Chennai for 19 December.