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Pietersen to miss Auckland Test, IPL with knee injury

Andrew McGlashan in Auckland

March 20, 2013

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Kevin Pietersen trained with his right knee strapped, Wellington, March 12, 2013
Kevin Pietersen's had knee trouble since the tour match in Queenstown © Getty Images

Kevin Pietersen has been ruled out of all cricket for up to eight weeks by the knee injury which has been troubling him during the New Zealand tour. He will miss the deciding Test in Auckland, which starts on Friday, as well as the IPL with a view to him being fit for the Champions Trophy and the Ashes.

The estimated recovery time makes Pietersen doubtful for the return series against New Zealand, beginning on May 16 at Lord's. He first felt the problem, which could be caused by cartilage damage, during the warm-up match in Queenstown, although it only really came to light when he was absent for a session of the Dunedin Test. England were fielding at the time and it was played down as nothing serious. He made 0 and 12 in the first Test, and although he responded with 73 in Dunedin, he was never fluent but remained on the field.

"Pietersen experienced knee pain while fielding in preparation for the four-day game in Queenstown earlier this month, ahead of the Test series," the ECB said in a statement. "This has failed to resolve satisfactorily.

"Recent scans confirm an injury to the right knee with bone bruising and possible cartilage damage to the kneecap. The 32-year-old will return to the UK for further investigations and specialist review.

"The injury is likely to require ongoing assessments and a likely six-eight week period of rest and rehabilitation. Pietersen has therefore been withdrawn from all cricket including the Indian Premier League."

The fact Pietersen has not been kept on in New Zealand with the series at stake shows that time is already of the essence to get him ready for the main events of the English season. In 2009 he was forced out mid-way through the Ashes series with a career-threatening Achilles injury.

Pietersen's withdrawal will mean a likely recall to the middle order for Jonny Bairstow, the Yorkshire batsman who has not played since the Twenty20 series earlier in the tour. His previous Test was against India, in Mumbai, when he stood in for Ian Bell who went home for the birth of his child.

It won't be the first time Bairstow has replaced Pietersen in a Test line-up. He came in for the deciding match against South Africa, at Lord's, last year following Pietersen's dropping after the text-message controversy. Baristow responded with scores of 95 and 54. In five Tests he has scored 196 runs at 32.66.

England will now be sweating on the fitness of two key players over the next two months. Graeme Swann is currently in the early stages of his recovery from elbow surgery after he was ruled out of the New Zealand tour on the morning of the first Test.

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Posted by JG2704 on (March 21, 2013, 10:45 GMT)

@Munkeymomo on (March 20, 2013, 22:10 GMT) You're spot on there. I've always said that IPL franchises will always go for a marquee name over a player who is actually good at the format. Also they are by and large more likely to go for batsmen who once in a while will batter a bowling attack than a consistent bowler who will very rarely go much above 7rpo.

Posted by JG2704 on (March 21, 2013, 10:41 GMT)

@anshu.s (15:15 GMT) bud , you have a point but the trouble is IPL coincides with the English summer (which isn't a long summer). Re Aus , it does not coincide with their summer - not sure re SA.

@Tigg (12:37 GMT) Like that side but Broad finally looks like he's rediscovered his form and Johnny certainly deserves another opportunity

Posted by JG2704 on (March 21, 2013, 10:39 GMT)

@Sudhir65 (13:40 GMT) Surely it says alot about IPL's depth to you if KP not playing makes that amount of difference

Posted by westindiesupporter on (March 21, 2013, 6:42 GMT)

oh not good news.thank god i saw this before picking my fantasy team for ipl.

Posted by   on (March 21, 2013, 6:25 GMT)

I saw KP on Queen st, Auckland the other day, was walking straight though.

Posted by Maddy4ever on (March 21, 2013, 3:33 GMT)

Bad news for Delhi Daredavils.they already transferred Taylor to PWI and now they'll lose another hard hitter KP. All the best DD.

Posted by Dashgar on (March 21, 2013, 3:17 GMT)

Well lucky for him he only misses 1 game. Hopefully his form has deserted him by the time the ashes roll round.

Posted by satishchandar on (March 21, 2013, 3:08 GMT)

They fought and fought for the rest and playing stuffs for this year IPL and had big tension flowing around them.. Ban, retirement, come out of it, probation, permanent contract and all these stuffs happened for a period which is going to end up in bed.. Such a life this is..

Posted by   on (March 21, 2013, 2:52 GMT)

I was looking forward to see him in ipl!! BIG BLOW TO HIS FANS

Posted by jmcilhinney on (March 21, 2013, 1:25 GMT)

@Paul Rone-Clarke on (March 20, 2013, 19:26 GMT), Bairstow is the spare batsman in the squad so he'll step into the team and I doubt that they will call up an extra batsman as cover at this late stage. NZ is pretty much on the other side of the globe to the UK so it would be a 24 hour flight and terrible jet lag to almost certainly sit on the bench for just one game. If someone else was injured then they'd probably just move Prior up to #6 and play Woakes at #7.

Posted by ashes61 on (March 20, 2013, 23:36 GMT)

Hah! What timing - and after all the shenanigans last year! He has been struggling in NZ anyway, so Bairstow is as likely to score runs in Auckland as KP was. Obviously it's good news for all concerned that he won't be messing around needlessly in India in that endless bish-bash nonsense, as he will have the time to recover properly without unnecessary distractions like that. Perhaps he should have been careful what he wished for last summer, demanding all that rest. Since August he has hardly played any cricket at all, and won't again until the summer. Although the Ashes is the priority for 2013, I'd be surprised & disappointed if we really needed to rely on him in those series, as ENG should have enough firepower without him to retain the urn in both series comfortably. Would certainly prefer to see Bairstow and/or Root rather than KP in the line up. He will certainly have to prove himself & fight for a place this summer. Not convinced he'll play again for ENG regularly.

Posted by   on (March 20, 2013, 22:42 GMT)

I'm actually shocked by the number of people commenting on how KP will miss the IPL and they seem upset! I didn't realise people cared above 20/20.....but back to the proper cricket lets hope England pick Bairstow as his replacement.

Posted by JG2704 on (March 20, 2013, 22:13 GMT)

To me it's not that bad news at all.

I still dream of 5/1/5 but on a serious note , Johnny deserves his chance and was harshly omitted from the start of the Indian series and IMO harshly omitted after 1 inns where he got a bad decision.

As for all the silly comments from IPL fans - esp re KP not being looked after by England

Hello ! - Out of all our regular test players KP has played the LEAST cricket for England in the last 6-9 months and was rested in 3 of the 4 shorter format series , not to mention the T20WC. So fair enough , be disappointed but don't point the finger at KP's Eng workload which has been very light recently

Posted by Munkeymomo on (March 20, 2013, 22:10 GMT)

@mzm149: I'd hardly call Clarke one of the best IPL players, he was woeful last year. He is a great batsman in tests but he not a good 2020 player. How he got picked up is beyond me.

Posted by JG2704 on (March 20, 2013, 22:05 GMT)

@TheUltimateTruth (12:29) BCCI doesn't own cricketers from other countries despite what you might think. Gayle,Narine,Mallinga,Steyn,AB etc etc were all developed in their own countries and then cherry picked by IPL franchises . After last season Alf Thomas was benched for most of IPL and the season before he returned to Somerset injured , not to mention Morgan being benched for the whole of 2012 IPL when he could have been playing for Middx , I think you'll find very few non Indian fans who have the slightest sympathy with IPL on this.

Posted by santhoo24 on (March 20, 2013, 22:04 GMT)

this is funny, people first think of KP's injury as DD's loss rather than a blow to Eng national team. How time has changed!!

Posted by JG2704 on (March 20, 2013, 22:00 GMT)

@blink182alex on (March 20, 2013, 11:28 GMT) /axe_hay on (March 20, 2013, 13:34 GMT) Jonny's last test he had one inns which was a dodgy decision and the test before that he scored p5 and 54 vs SA when he came in to replace KP when the KP textgate was all over the media. Maybe he will not amount to anything - time will tell but way too early to mark him as an insignificant other

Posted by xylo on (March 20, 2013, 21:17 GMT)

If Swann and KP are out of the Ashes, that might make it a slightly even contest.

Posted by   on (March 20, 2013, 19:48 GMT)

Poor old Bairstow, carried drinks all tour, hardly had a bat and now has to make runs.

Posted by   on (March 20, 2013, 19:26 GMT)

I hope England call up someone like Alex Hales or Joss Buttler though I suspect they will go with Morgan (which is not a bad choice)

Posted by   on (March 20, 2013, 19:19 GMT)

Big blow to KP fans! I was so looking forward to seeing him in IPL!!

Posted by bored_iam on (March 20, 2013, 19:00 GMT)

England minus its best bowler. and now its best (most entertaining?) batsman...

Posted by mzm149 on (March 20, 2013, 18:05 GMT)

@3_Reasons: Yes you are right that money is involved when players are playing for their nation but in IPL money is the ONLY motivation.

When I mentioned playing for crowd, I meant players focus more on slogging as compared to playing with proper technique because people in stadium love when their favorite players hit sixes. You will agree that Cook, Clarke, Amla and deVilliers are best batsmen (read techincally soundest) these days. In fact Amla and Cook don't even play IPL. Rest are not most successful players in IPL because they are not sloggers.

I am not against IPL or any league. My original point was that players should focus more on national duties as compared to these leagues.

Posted by fah4 on (March 20, 2013, 17:28 GMT)

Bad news for Delhi Daredevils they already leave Taylor thinking they have difficulty in selecting 4 overseas player in playing XI now this Petersen is very important for their success now its on Indian players to perform for DD.Hope Sehwag have a good IPL.

Posted by rock.rockyin on (March 20, 2013, 17:21 GMT)

@ Sudhir65 .. yep he will be paid but I am not sure how much? bcoz he pays insurance. he missed one of the IPL season.. due to surgery earlier and his insurance comp has paid him...

Posted by CricketingStargazer on (March 20, 2013, 16:57 GMT)

These things happen. KP is no longer young in cricket terms and people have to face facts that maybe he has two years maximum before he starts thinking hard of retirement. With that in mind, it makes sense that once an injury starts to become problematic despite rest, you make the choice: fix it, or end the player's career.

There is plenty of batting talent to cope. It is tough on Jonny B. to step in without proper preparation, but Test cricket is meant to be tough. I'd love him to come in, make a score and add yet another selection problem.

Posted by anshu.s on (March 20, 2013, 15:15 GMT)

@ mjm 149.@ i was referring to use of term hit and giggle , apart from Cricket, i am a very big football fan and i have seen numerous club v/s country debates there and clubs usually wins and fans and media echo there viewpoint.Yes playing for your country is the highest honor and test format is the toughest and oldest , but 45 days of IPL should not harm or overshadow rest of the 10 months in a calendar where countries play each other ...

Posted by Porky_PigTheToon on (March 20, 2013, 14:59 GMT)

And yeah players do get injured. That's why every player has to take NOC from his respective board before playing in IPL. If a board thinks, that a particular player is vulnerable to injuries, it can stop him from playing.

But if a player refuses to sign contract with his board (means he doesn't have to obey his board rules and will not play for his nation in future)..well then you guys better talk about that particular player's priorities NOT IPL. :)

Posted by mikey76 on (March 20, 2013, 14:53 GMT)

I don't mind this at all. It gives Bairstow a chance to shine after showing so much promise at Lords last year. He should get 3 tests to show his ability while KP recuperates and comes back raring to go for the Ashes.

Posted by Porky_PigTheToon on (March 20, 2013, 14:51 GMT)

@ mzm149

Is money not involved when a Cricketer plays for his nation ?

And you mentioned one word "Crowd". Exactly ! As long as Crowd is enjoying (be it IPL or Test Cricket), no one can do anything except getting frustrated about a particular format he or she doesn't like watching or playing.

I'm a Test match lover and believe that Test Cricket is the Best Format to analyse which Team is the Best as one has to survive for a longer period against quality bowling/ batting attack.

But at the same time, I love IPL too as it is the only format where I can see my favourite players from different nations playing in one team like Ponting and SRT for MI; Warner and Sehwag for DD. and my favourite players of any particular nation playing against each other like Mahela vs Malinga. Yuvraj vs Ashwin. Steyn vs Kallis etc. It is FUN. IPL might not be the real Cricket but It is pure entertainment ! N for the very same reason almost all nations have thr T-20 leagues, latest being Pakistan- PSL.

Posted by Stevros3 on (March 20, 2013, 14:25 GMT)

I guess your geography isn't too great as Taylor is now back in the UK following the end of the lions tour, and he'll struggle to make it to the test match in time and aclimatise, given there's only one spare out and out batsman within the squad it looks like a fight with the all-rounder Woakes (if they go for an extra seamer due to wanting a result) and the out and out batsman Bairstow, the only other very remote possibilities are Treadwell or Onions.

Posted by GermanPlayer on (March 20, 2013, 14:20 GMT)

Why everyone is getting injured these days? If they can't keep up with the tight schedules, they should start managing themselves just like SA do with Kallis and most of their bowlers. Did anyone notice SA haven't played their top two bowlers, Morne and Steyn together in an ODI(let alone T20) for a long time now. Teams will realise sooner or later, that they should either have a large pool of players to choose from or keep separate teams for both formats(oops i forgot that we have 3 formats these days).

Posted by Sano27 on (March 20, 2013, 14:19 GMT)

shocking news for daredevils....they already lost ross taylor & now peterson....uncertainity remains about mahela jayawardane & warner might be called up in the end of april to prepare for ashes which starts in may 16...overall a big blow for daredevils...

Posted by 200ondebut on (March 20, 2013, 13:48 GMT)

It is always a shame when KP doesn't play - but I am not sure why the big fuss about the Ashes. NZ are a more talented side than Australia and they will provide a tougher opposition. Last time we played Oz we won three matches by an innings - in their own back yard! In the meantime they have replaced their batsmen with talentless sloggers and their bowlers with paper weak plodders.

Posted by landl47 on (March 20, 2013, 13:47 GMT)

I'm devastated that the Delhi Daredevils will have to do without Pietersen's services. I can't tell you how much I was looking forward to seeing him slogging away with no fielders round the bat for half an hour or so per game.

Posted by Sudhir65 on (March 20, 2013, 13:40 GMT)

Most exciting batsman in IPL is gone. I have lost interest. Too bad he misses out on millions too. Does he get any money if he is injured?

Posted by axe_hay on (March 20, 2013, 13:34 GMT)

James Taylor is the right man to replace KP. Bairstow has struggled at the Test Level. Another guy could be Jimmy Hildreth , who has been very consistant season after season .

Posted by mzm149 on (March 20, 2013, 13:34 GMT)

@anshu.s: Comparing IPL with international t20 matches is not fair enough let alone tests and ODIs. Playing for your country is completely different from playing just for money and crowd.

Posted by syedzaf on (March 20, 2013, 13:33 GMT)

He was too eager to play IPL and treid to make ECB change their schedule for his money making events. i think its just bad karma for selfish people.

Posted by grizzle on (March 20, 2013, 13:29 GMT)

Fantastic! No hit-and-giggle for Pietersen, then! Hopefully, he'll be fit and raring to go for the ashes!

Posted by   on (March 20, 2013, 13:26 GMT)

KP isn't too bothered about missing the Champions Trophy or the Ashes - it's the IPL that's going to frustrate and cost him the most - literally. Chasing the money is what almost cost him his career. Oh well, don't worry England, I'm sure you can find another South African to replace him. I don't think the selectors even bother to look at home for players nowadays. When you remove all the foreign players propping England up their true ranking status will unfortunately be revealed.

Posted by prannsshu on (March 20, 2013, 13:26 GMT)

Give Ravi Bopara a chance. He's d0ing good for Dolphins. He can bowl as 5th bowler in seam friendly c0nditi0n in new zealand. Bring bop back.

Posted by Porky_PigTheToon on (March 20, 2013, 13:11 GMT)

What a Blow for DD.

KP is injured.

Varun Aaron is injured.

Umesh Yadav is not fully fit.

Agarkar is not fit either.

Ross Taylor has been swapped.

Mahela is uncertain to play.

Morkel is injured.

What next ? :(

Having said that, DD's playing XI shall be like this:-

1) Warner 2) Sehwag(C) 3) Unmukt 4) Mahela(if SL players are available)/ J. Ryder 5) Kedar Jadhav (He has been in good batting form.) 6) Botha 7) Jeevan Mendis/ A. Russel 8) Naman Ojha (wk) 9) I. Pathan 10) Nehra 11) Kaul/ Nadeem

Still looks like a competitive team. I must give credit to DD think-tank for one thing. This time, they emphasized on having spinners and fortunately managed to purchase 2 good spin-bowling all-rounders in Botha and J. Mendis, Both can bat too.

There's depth in batting as well, (despite the fact that some of the first choice players are injured) where someone like Irfan Pathan is coming to bat at No. 9. Wow ! Can't wait for IPL to start.

Posted by hhillbumper on (March 20, 2013, 13:10 GMT)

they should have picked james taylor as he has a lot of talent to replace KP. Wish him the best for his recovery

Posted by torsha on (March 20, 2013, 13:05 GMT)

I will miss you Kevin in IPL ofcourse. Get well soon.

Posted by   on (March 20, 2013, 13:04 GMT)

Heavy loss to DD. They have to seek a replacement. He'll not be available even after he recovers from injury as he has his national duty. DD, now will have to go with Ryder or Botha(who is an all-rounder). Sehwag, Warner and Mahela should step up!

Posted by GSandhu on (March 20, 2013, 13:04 GMT)

I wonder what Kerry Packer would say about T20. A change? New thing? Not Test Cricket? No white uniforms? Hmmm. That's sounds like me.

Posted by anshu.s on (March 20, 2013, 13:03 GMT)

It is a big loss for Delhi Daredevils and IPL in general,@Ian Jones,mzm, while everone agrees that test format is the most challenging and T-20 does not test test your skill and durability as test does but i am not sure about the hit and giggle term , sure there is lot of hitting involved but no body giggles anymore especially when million of dollars are at stake, if any thing there facial expression carry all the seriousness. hit and giggle was a term coined by some traditionalists way back in 2003 when T-20 was first launched domestically in England. Australians and England fans are already talking about Ashes when they are still in middle of a series !!! Fair enough, IPL for us and Ashes for you blokes, but i hope Ashes wraps up before mid August when new season of English premier league starts, otherwise everybody in UK will be consumed by Football .

Posted by RandyOZ on (March 20, 2013, 12:59 GMT)

What South African are they going to bring in to make the quota? The 'new wave' has failed so they might have to bring in the kiwi.

Posted by GSandhu on (March 20, 2013, 12:57 GMT)

I feel so disappointed with the fan-base in general who keep on and on about the IPL bashing on the news-fronts that do not even require such discussions. I am not a die-hard fan of IPL but I like it because it is Cricket. Yes!! Accept the fact. It is Cricket no matter how badly you feel about it. It is doing a good service to Cricket in general by keeping the game alive with all the big revenue generations. People just want to bury their head in the sand and keep cursing the format and do not want to realize that this is here to stay and is the only way we can keep all the other formats alive. This the highest grossing format that is able to successfully pull the new crowds to the stadiums & TV screens alike. I, for one, want to see the game in Olympics. The only way Cricket can do so is via T20 format. Test format would not be accepted at all. As we head into the 21st century people can't afford leisure of one whole day to watch Cricket let alone a Test Match. Hence, the evolution.

Posted by Mitch1066 on (March 20, 2013, 12:50 GMT)

I hope England give another good account of themselves

Posted by   on (March 20, 2013, 12:40 GMT)

Get Well Soon Before Ashes..

Posted by Tigg on (March 20, 2013, 12:37 GMT)

Good chance to blood Woakes at 7 (move Prior up one). I'd also rest Broad's heel this test and give Onions some excercise.

Cook*, Compton, Trott, Bell, Root, Prior+, Woakes, Finn, Anderson, Onions, Panesar.

Won't happen though.

Posted by TheDoctor394 on (March 20, 2013, 12:36 GMT)

Oh good, he won't be wasting time in the IPL.

Posted by TheUltimateTruth on (March 20, 2013, 12:29 GMT)

This is ridiculous. When is the BCCI going to start putting pressure on other boards to manage their players' national duties so as to not put their IPL participation at risk? On a serious note, I am fan of the IPL because it brings together big names for some fun but competitive cricket. Plus, it improves the financial security of players and keeps them motivated and playing other cricket like Shield games. I doubt Ponting and M.Huss would be playing Shield cricket but for IPL, Big Bash and the like.

Posted by FitzroyMarsupial on (March 20, 2013, 12:26 GMT)

There is a rather sad irony in all this. Having taken brinkmanship to the extreme in order to play the bish bash stuff in India, England rested him for the India ODI's and now he misses the whole IPL. Wasn't really worth missing a Test and the World T20 for really was it? That said, been impressed with how he has kept his head down since reintegration and sorry to see him injured. Hope the rest will see him on the park with energy to burn come the Champs Trophy and Ashes x 2. Ian Bell, your time is now - show you can take no. 4 and win England a series.

Posted by   on (March 20, 2013, 12:19 GMT)

At least KP will miss that pointless hit & giggle thing (IPL).

Posted by 2.14istherunrate on (March 20, 2013, 12:12 GMT)

I think we are lucky it is now and not in 3 months which would have been a catastrophe. There is plenty at stake for the next year and he is central to all the plans.

Posted by SirViv1973 on (March 20, 2013, 12:11 GMT)

Disappointing that KP won't play in what has become a vitial test match. Anything less than a win here & it will have to be viewd as a dissapointing series for us as we would certainly have expected to win it. However It's a good opportunity for Bairstow to put some pressure on Root for the last batting spot. Common sense would suggest that Bell as the senior player will now move up to 4 with JB slotting in at 5. It's a little bit ironic that KP really wanted to play a full season of ipl & skip the home series with NZL. He's now not gonna play ipl at all this year & could yet miss the home NZL tests if he has not recovered in time.

Posted by Tomcat3 on (March 20, 2013, 12:00 GMT)

May be a good opportunity for England to move Prior up to 6 and play Woakes go for 4 seamers , We have go to win this test and subsequently the series .

Posted by SKT_G on (March 20, 2013, 11:59 GMT)

What a big loss for DD....earlier the swap taylor for nehra and now KP is OUT. Who is going to be KP's replacement?? Interesting...Sehwag is completely out of form and even jaywardhane...Irfan is also doubtful...I dont think DD is going to make an impact on this IPL.

Posted by MartinC on (March 20, 2013, 11:55 GMT)

Good break for him - get the knee sorted, miss out on the strain of the IPL circus, get back for at least the last TEst against NZ and a couple of County games to warm up for the Ashes. Perfect!

He will be insured against the loss of earning from IPL so its not going to hit him the pocket much either.

Posted by mzm149 on (March 20, 2013, 11:35 GMT)

Players of this class should not make themselves vulnerable to injury by playing this hit-and-giggle tournament IPL.

Posted by pratit on (March 20, 2013, 11:34 GMT)

There goes $1 million.Going, going, gone.....

Posted by blink182alex on (March 20, 2013, 11:28 GMT)

good news for NZ and also Australia. He may be lacking in preparation when the first test comes along at trent bridge. NZ shouldn't be wary of Bairstow, he is way over rated by the english media, he has had just 3 good internationals, and the rest of time has failed. He isn't better than Steve Smith, and that's saying something.

Posted by Hira1 on (March 20, 2013, 11:17 GMT)

so sad...when will be see him again playing T20, first he miss the world cup and now IPL, they wont be much fun in IPL without him

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (March 20, 2013, 11:05 GMT)

Good for England, he'll be fit and firing in time for the NZ home series and the historic B2B Ashes series following that.

Posted by Rokingrishav on (March 20, 2013, 10:55 GMT)

great loss to dd rather than england.what will delhi do without kp

Posted by sshailesh on (March 20, 2013, 10:52 GMT)

Delhi Will miss him very badly in IPL as they dont have Taylor in Middle order

Posted by venkatesh018 on (March 20, 2013, 10:38 GMT)

Another shot in the arm for England's hopes in the Ashes ! He will be fresh and raring to go come July. Beware Australia.

Posted by KingKongIn on (March 20, 2013, 10:37 GMT)

There you go ...All KP saga which was mainly bcas of IPL, now KP will not be able to play in IPL, this is what we know as Luck !! I hope he will be fine soon !!

Posted by Tom_Bowler on (March 20, 2013, 10:36 GMT)

Big chance for Bairstow to make an impression before the Ashes, there are only two batting berths not absolutely nailed down at the moment and Root and Compton are incumbent, the ginger lad now has an opportunity on the big stage to make his case to usurp one of them as obviously KP will walk back into the side when he is fully fit.

Posted by asiacricket1234 on (March 20, 2013, 10:35 GMT)

Oh God. I don't think he mind missing Auckland test but IPL??? He is gonna be so Angry at himself that he is missing out on IPL because to his that is what matter the most lol

Posted by Gappistan on (March 20, 2013, 10:32 GMT)

BAD BAD.. news for the Delhi Daredevils fans. Wish him speedy recovery and all the best for the Ashes

Posted by guptahitesh4u on (March 20, 2013, 10:32 GMT)

A big blow for England as far as final test is concerned. At the same time, England should be happy with the fact that he will be fit in time for the Ashes. He , along with cook, is the core strength of the current English team. In fact, currently, he and ABD Villiars are the only players who have mastered the game in all 3 formats (i.e. Test, ODI and T20)!! Wish him a speedy recovery!!

Posted by Gappistan on (March 20, 2013, 10:31 GMT)

BAD BAD.. news for the Delhi Daredevils fans. Wish him speedy recovery and all the best for the Ashes

Posted by Nutcutlet on (March 20, 2013, 10:25 GMT)

This is tough news for KP & I hope his recovery period (with or without surgery) is successful & that he returns to his rampaging best by the time this summer's Ashes Test matches are underway. Missing the IPL is an irony that has not, I am sure, escaped everyone's notice.

Posted by ooper_cut on (March 20, 2013, 10:19 GMT)

Sounds like a well thought out agreement to avoid the IPL. Just 2 weeks before the IPL, this happens. hmmmmmmm

Posted by SDHM on (March 20, 2013, 10:15 GMT)

Along with Swann & Broad, another injury that has been mishandled by England. What on Earth is going on with the management?

Posted by sachin_vvsfan on (March 20, 2013, 10:03 GMT)

Is he undergoing a surgery or just some physiotherapy? I guess only physio therapy or similar treatment but not surgery. I envy these professional sport persons they always get the best treatment. I am still not able to recover from my grade 1 meniscus tear that occurred 3 years ago. I still get depressed when i see stairs :(

That said i wish him speedy recovery for Ashes

Posted by   on (March 20, 2013, 10:03 GMT)

Another huge blow to daredevils just before IPL after Mahela Jayewardena.

Posted by   on (March 20, 2013, 10:00 GMT)

That is very interesting! Perfect warm up for the Bairstow/Root competition for the Ashes spot!!

Posted by Shazzada on (March 20, 2013, 9:54 GMT)

Oh No..................................................

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England XI v PM's XI at Canberra
Jan 14, 2015 (14:20 local | 03:20 GMT | 22:20 EST | 21:20 CST | 19:20 PST)
Australia v England at Sydney
Jan 16, 2015 (14:20 local | 03:20 GMT | 22:20 EST | 21:20 CST | 19:20 PST)
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