Bangladesh in England 2010 July 5, 2010

Pietersen was due to be rested

Cricinfo staff

Kevin Pietersen would have been rested from the one-day series against Bangladesh even if a thigh strain hadn't ruled him out. Geoff Miller, the national selector, played down the seriousness of Pietersen's injury but said they had identified the next couple of weeks as a chance to give him a break.

Pietersen could only muster 95 runs in the five ODIs against Australia and finished with a duck at Lord's when he was bowled by Steven Smith having come in at No. 6 with a runner. It means he hasn't scored an ODI half-century since November 2008 - the unbeaten 111 he made against India at Cuttack in his last game as captain - a run that now stretches 17 innings.

"We would have rested him," Miller said. "We know what his qualities are. Everybody is concerned when a batter is not getting runs, similarly when a bowler is not getting wickets or not bowling well. But we know very well he is very capable of getting big runs, and they will be just round the corner.

"The situation is he has a niggle, which we are very wary about," Miller said. "I think it is a minor injury. But we are obviously wary, because there is a lot of cricket coming up over the rest of the summer and the winter as well," Miller added.

"I am sure he will be all right [for the Test series against Pakistan] but can't say that categorically at this stage. We are just being cautious. I think he will be all right in the very near future."

Pietersen's absence means Ian Bell is likely to get a chance at No. 3 against Bangladesh while his Warwickshire team-mate, Jonathan Trott, has been recalled after impressive county and England Lions form. Trott had been eased out of the one-day set-up in recent months although he averages 49.33 from his four ODIs after playing an important role in the victory against South Africa last November.

"Our policy is to find out about players - keeping one eye on the future, for the World Cup on the sub-continent in the new year," Miller said. "We want to win games at this moment in time but also keep an eye on what is happening later on."

Graeme Swann has also been given a well-deserved break and is replaced in the squad by Kent's James Tredwell who made his international debut on the tour of Bangladesh earlier this year and was part of the World Twenty20 squad without playing a match.

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  • Michael on July 6, 2010, 12:31 GMT

    Love the latest round of KP bashing...just shows where it really hurts. The most charismatic player since Viv and yet after a few lowscore the obituaries and told- you- so notices are writ large. Look at Strauss, bell, Ciook, Collingwood- they all come back better players in the end. Back in SA only de Villiers can play that way at all. Missing a player in South Africa? By the way Freddie can hardly walk. Is that not giving a damn for England.

  • Michael on July 6, 2010, 12:23 GMT

    @ Mumkeymomo- Afte 10 years of Test and ODI cricket Bangladesh has produced 1 really top player, in Tamim Iqbal. Bangladesh made a real fuss about getting this status and yet the results would not remotely support this elevation. The Kenyans contrariwise. An okay side without anyone to uphold their cause. They wiould have been far better investment for the top flight. Similarly Ireland today. And probably Afghanistan in 5 years. if you can't cut the mustard don't strut the stage. And yes in 2005 B'desh managed to beat Aus. But you ain't gonna beat us for a few years. So give up the hype!! We're scared for you not of you!!!

  • Mark on July 6, 2010, 4:42 GMT

    @maximum: be careful with your insults, Bangladesh have a few batsmen who can really fire in ODIs! Whilst I agree that in home conditions England should win comfortably, you never know when you could be eating you words with the Bangladeshis, just takes one game where they all fire! Anyone remember Cardiff 2005?

  • Nathan on July 6, 2010, 3:01 GMT

    Well said, maximum6. I'm amazed at how the bangladesh fans continue to tell us how great their team is despite all the mountains of evidence to the contrary. As I've written before, being optimistic or parochial is one thing, being outright delusional is quite another

  • michael on July 6, 2010, 1:29 GMT

    KP is simply put a hack! He's finally at the end of his run and now he's not even good enough to warrant a spot in the team. he has no respect from his team mates or the public. He wasn't good enough to play for SA so he packed up his bags and went to england like every other cricketer from SA that can't make the top team. KP has a real weakness against spin, esp left arm spin. Time and time again he has failed against left arm spin yet he's done nothing to overcome this promlem. Just shows you his character or lack of it. Blood some young player give himexposure before england get hammered in the Ashes ina few months. the england need to find a group of guys that want to play for england unlike players who play for themselves i.e Flintodd ( over rated ) KP, Harminson ( can anyone say 5 wides )

  • Dhanush on July 5, 2010, 23:08 GMT

    @ShababFAlam : Yea England shld play Real Teams cuz Bangladesh can only win 1 out of every 10 ODI's and that is not enough to beat better teams. Go play Zimbabway more.

  • Michael on July 5, 2010, 18:01 GMT

    It's funny reading Bangladeshi fans after the Aussies. You talk the same talk-like a mouse in an enormous container which resonates at x 100.- but you sure as hell don't walk the same walk. Leave your delusions for psychiatrists, not for English fans. You big your team up at the risk of extreme ridicule. Leave it to the big boys to talk. Your team cannot even compete with Sussex 2nds. I noticed Middx did yoiu the courtesy of 3 1st team players today.

  • Shabab on July 5, 2010, 17:29 GMT

    @ Karthik Rajasekar: You wish to see England play "real" teams? Well playing Bangladesh is not a PC game, they r good enough to give England a good run for their money, atleast in ODIs.

  • Michael on July 5, 2010, 15:42 GMT

    Yeah it's drag having to play B'desh again. Just hope England stuff them truly. Sussex 2nd XI annihilated them Sat. Bring on Pakistan! KP needs one knock-ironically a game for Hants would be a gopod outing for him.

  • Bob on July 5, 2010, 15:25 GMT

    Karthik... England is not obsessed with playing Bangladesh.. The ECB have no more control over international fixtures than you and I do. These are in the remit of the ICC.

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