England news April 16, 2013

Pietersen out of New Zealand series


Kevin Pietersen has been ruled out of the Test series against New Zealand after it was decided he needed further time to recover from his knee injury.

Pietersen was forced to miss the final Test in New Zealand last month and was diagnosed with bruising on his right knee. He has since been wearing a brace to aid his recovery - which he has yet to come out of - and will not be risked for the two-Test series, which starts on May 16, with his next target being the Champions Trophy in June although the ECB have not confirmed a new timescale.

Pietersen, who is currently in Dubai, tweeted: "Injuries are a sportsman's worst nightmare! This one is hurting me the most.."

When he flew home from New Zealand his recovery time was estimated at around eight weeks which always left it unlikely that he would be fit for the start of the international season.

An ECB statement said: "England and Surrey batsman Kevin Pietersen has been ruled out of the upcoming Investec Test series against New Zealand as he continues his recovery from significant bone bruising to his right knee. Pietersen will have a repeat scan next week to determine when he is able to resume training."

Pietersen first picked up the problem before England's warm-up match in Queenstown ahead of the Test series, possibly when he slipped during a fielding drill, and although he played the Tests in Dunedin and Wellington he was not fully fit.

Although there is still a month before the New Zealand series starts at Lord's on May 16, the ECB have taken an early decision on Pietersen's fitness which will avoid conjecture and allow the selectors to assess the form of his likely replacements in the County Championship.

Jonny Bairstow came in for him in Auckland, as the only spare batsman on tour, and struggled having played one first-class innings in seven months. If the selectors maintain consistency, Bairstow should be the first in line to play at Lord's although the next few weeks of Championship action will allow others to stake their claim.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Anupam on April 22, 2013, 16:05 GMT

    This Ashes'13 loss for Clarke's Australia will be a blessing for Australia because after that CA must take strong decisions and Senior axer clarke's captaincy and also his favourite boys will thrown out of the team. So, England not only win but also initiate a revolution in Clarke's Aus. Please Clarke go with Cowan, M.Waste, lyon, warner, starc,

  • Anupam on April 22, 2013, 11:23 GMT

    @R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (April 22, 2013, 9:35 GMT) Fella what i want is to Root as a opening partner of Cook. Because Root is young and a future asset of Eng's captain. root is a natural opener along with cook he will groom & develop; and the Root after 3 years will become Banyan tree under the guidance of cook. One or two big centuries boost him too. If he bats at number six it most probably or it means that England is in 400 for 5 or 120 for 5, so expectations and batting don't groom alot. In Odis root batting order is no.6 which is a batting order of a finishers and sure he is not a finisher. The team i mentioned against NZ after resting i include C.Wright as a pace bowler and check out his bowling stats against durham. fella technique & temperament speaks all.

  • Nicholas on April 22, 2013, 9:35 GMT

    @AKS286: "why not Morgan over Compton?" - Because there's no way I'd have Morgan opening, and Compton has shown his worth as opener alongside Cook. O.K. so you didn't mean for Morgan to open, and you would have Root instead? I think young Root has good temperament for middle/lower order rather than open; Bell is Bell... do like him, but even I'd have my doubts as to whether he could repeat his shorter-format heroics and take to opening in tests as well as he did in ODI's. As to your argument about all-rounders, I do agree with you that England are reluctant to groom enough. I like Bresnan too, but just like Broad his batting has fallen away and I've given up expecting runs off either's bats. Most of the others you've listed have either already been trialled and disappointed, and/or wouldn't be suitable for tests. Woakes deserves a decent chance, and why not now instead of half-way through the Ashes as an afterthought after England have once again failed to take 20 wickets?

  • Anupam on April 21, 2013, 14:36 GMT

    @ R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (April 21, 2013, 5:52 GMT) Morgan over Root fella why not Morgan over Compton. Bresnan is better than Woakes. and also Eng lost & don't take the optimum use of their all-rounders (Except great Freddie). Ealham, Craig White, R.Clarke, L.Wright,Bresnan etc. Fella what about Dravid, Lara, Tendulkar, Ponting, Atherton, Thorpe, Laxman, Inzamam, Md.Yousaf, Amla, Kallis, AB, Clarke, Hooper, Langer, Slater, Shivy, Kirstan, Hudson, Cook, Bell, etccccc.

  • Nicholas on April 21, 2013, 5:52 GMT

    @AKS286: so by your logic ("the whole world is looking for technique & temperament, [es]pecially in test format...") - many great/popular players like Warne, Gilchrist, KP, Dhoni etc. should never have played? They're not/weren't exactly text-book orthodox technique... It's also interesting that you put the likes of Hughes in your Aus. team and still insist Woakes would struggle against them. Temperament is important though, hence I'd prefer Root over say, Morgan.

  • Anupam on April 19, 2013, 18:24 GMT

    @JG2704 Not only for me fella but the whole world is looking for technique & temperament Specially in test format. Shivy is having temperament and foot work technique, and choosing one exception in the galaxy is not an example. If Oz will select their best team then Woakes will becomes Jokes. if clarke's boys are in the squad then go for Woakes. Eng- Cook, Root, Trott, KP, Bell, Taylor, MP, Swanny, Finn, Jimmy, Broad. Aus- Klinger, Hughes, Marsh, Clarke, Forrest/Ferguson, Watson, Haddin, MJ, Siddle, Bird, Boyce

  • John on April 19, 2013, 13:38 GMT

    @AKS - No disrespect but Suppiah played India in 2011 and was playing much better back then - he barely made the team last year and on that tour probably anyone who was in half decent form could score a ton vs that Indian attack. Bresnan nearly did As for temperament Nick showed enormous amounts of that for Somerset last year and when he was according to the press on borrowed time in NZ. Personally I think technique can be overrated and whatever works for you ...

    Look at someone like Bell who has a textbook array of shots but is often found wanting and someone like Shiv who stands in a manner that no coaching manual would coach but it's effective for him. If we go 5/1/5 I'd say battingwise Woakes is way ahead of all our all rounder candidates

  • Anupam on April 19, 2013, 11:14 GMT

    and also remember Suppiah's century against Indians when they toured Eng. Somerset vs Indians.

  • Anupam on April 19, 2013, 11:12 GMT

    @JG2704 I put Suppiah instead of compton and against Ind in sub- continent, which one is the better choice in India.... no one knows because Indian tour file closed Buddy. First i look at the technique & temperament before the records. Because international level wants T & T not records.

  • John on April 19, 2013, 10:06 GMT

    @AKS - I'm going by what he's consistently producing in the CC - Better than most - if not all the number 6 candidates with the bat - and consistently taking wickets at a decent average etc.

    Surely his performances and stats make him worth a punt at number 7 with Prior playing at 6 , no?

    OK he may fail and be found wanting up a level but his overall stats would be better than all the all rounder candidates.

    Just wondering on what basis you are writing Woakes off as not being good enough or how you think Bres may be good enough but Woakes not?

    Please don't say because Bres has done it before for England because until Woakes is tried you can't compare the 2 on that level

    BTW Is it not you who has continually put Suppiah in the Eng side in the past year or so?