England news March 27, 2013

Pietersen's knee injury doesn't need surgery

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Kevin Pietersen will not require surgery for the knee injury that forced him to leave the tour of New Zealand early, plus withdraw from the IPL, and is on course to be available for the start of England's home international season.

Pietersen, who underwent scans in London on Tuesday, was diagnosed with bruising on the bone around his right knee, rather than cartilage damage that may have required an operation and a longer recovery time.

He will now wear a brace for two weeks, followed by another fortnight of rest, before undergoing further evaluation. The initial prognosis, when Pietersen flew home, was up to eight weeks before he would return to action.

England's opening Test against New Zealand is on May 16 and Pietersen will require some first-class matches before then to prove his fitness, but Andy Flower, the team director, was confident of him being ready.

"He is being put in a brace for two weeks. He will be off exercise, or any impact exercise, after that for another couple of weeks. Then he'll start his rehab. We anticipate him playing a full part in the summer. He's been in some pain, but we hope he'll be ready to go by the start of the summer."

Pietersen was discomforted throughout his time in New Zealand, but made 73 in the second Test in Wellington before the problem worsened to a degree where he was unable to play in the decider at Eden Park.

He will be one of three England players whose recovery from injury will be closely monitored in the early weeks of the season. Graeme Swann, who underwent elbow surgery three weeks ago, is also trying to be fit for the New Zealand series, although the selectors may give him more time depending on his progress.

Tim Bresnan, another who had an operation to try and solve an elbow problem, is due to return to action for Yorkshire in their second County Championship match of the season against Durham at Chester-le-Street.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Vinod_Fab on March 30, 2013, 19:18 GMT

    KP-- Modern Legend..!!. Due to play his 100th test in ASHES..!!. What a remarkable achievement.. Many match winning knocks and series winning knocks.. What a gr8 journey.. 2005 - 158 against Mighty AUS.. (A Single innings in wic he matched Freddie's status whereas freddie managed all this for close 2 15 years to get fame.. KP got all that in 1 innings.. Double ton against WI, IND in series opener, Magnificent 190 odd, Breathtaking 100 against PAK in PAK,Utter brilliance against SA whenver he batted, Double ton in ASHES against AUS,Eye Catching 151 vs SL in SL,Pain staking 100 in NZ vs NZ,Fantabulos 149 vs SA,Brute Comeback 186 vs IND in IND... Still many more to come..!!.. Test Match at flamboyant best..!! Kevin Pietersen --- Match Winner and big match player..!!.. U turned this mediocre ENG team into Sky rocketing one..!!

  • dummy4fb on March 28, 2013, 9:37 GMT

    We're seeing the effects of all the repetitive strain caused by too much high pressure cricket. The current economics of cricket means players are being flogged to death so there's no wonder we don't see careers as long as they were in the past. We'll never again see someone last as long as Sachin has.

  • liz1558 on March 28, 2013, 8:47 GMT

    A reality check: would Swann and Pietersen have left the tour early had it been an Ashes series? Not for all the cortisone in the world. England really did go into the NZ series with one eye on the Ashes.

  • USMANRANDHAWA on March 28, 2013, 4:35 GMT

    Good Luck KP and rest for the betterment of Eng Nation.

  • The_bowlers_Holding on March 28, 2013, 2:56 GMT

    I have to agree re: England's attack seemingly less menacing, it might be as a result of the last series but the thought of a line up if Anderson was to be injured is worrying. Meaker performed poorly on the Lions tour so he is not up to scratch/ready, hopefully Onions after being shelved seemingly endlessly can get his mojo back as I never have a lot of faith in Blondie and Finn is not consistent enough. Swann is an incredible asset and hopefully will recover, Monty a willing reserve but not at the same standard. Anyway I digress, KP will be back without all the IPL hullabaloo, I think England will win the home series but i am not over confident for the return series but a hell of a lot can happen between now and then.

  • zenboomerang on March 28, 2013, 1:06 GMT

    Its good news about the injury as it seems to be a one-off injury - bit of rest & rehab should see KP back on the paddock fairly soon... If anything, it may turn out to a lucky break giving KP time to get some rest & refresh before a very busy nthn summer in Eng...

  • zenboomerang on March 28, 2013, 1:05 GMT

    @jb633... Wouldn't be too worried about not seaming - seems the Kiwi's can turn it on at times, like the Bellerive Test when they had the ball moving much further than us (Oz)... Anderson had troubles with the foot holes (ankle injury) which are treated completely differently in Eng to NZ - although that shouldn't be an excuse but it may have upset his approach...

  • Greatest_Game on March 27, 2013, 22:04 GMT

    @ jb633. Take a look at the scorecards from the last SA vs Pak series in the UAE. Pak's top batsmen were Misbah, 220 runs @ ave 110, Azhar Ali, 237 runs @ 79 & Younis, 180 runs @ 60. Comparatively, SA top batsmen were AB de Villiers 308 runs @ 154 (his best was 278 n/o) Kallis 323 @ 107.66 & Amla, 264 @ 88.

    The SA batsmen completely outplayed their Pak counterparts. SA scored more in every innings, & declared 3 times in a 2 match series! Pak earned the draw on dead wickets. SA scored a lot of runs & the Pak bowlers did not run through them. The Pak bowlers who did well were Tanvir Ahmed, 6 wickets @ 24.83 & Abdur Rehman, 9 wickets @ 48.55, Ajmal, 3 @ 65.66, & Gul 4 @ 85.5.

    SA's Harris, Morkel, Steyn & Botha all fared better than Ajmal. Because the Pak bowlers ran through the Eng batting does not mean that in the UAE Ajmal is a wizard. The Saffa's play spin very well, & their spinners, Harris & Botha fared well.

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/series/461555.html Take a look!

  • SurlyCynic on March 27, 2013, 21:58 GMT

    @jb633: It's true, Pakistan in the UAE will be tough. But in 2010 SA toured there and drew the series, and were on top in each game. AB hit 278*. Then won the ODI/T20 series. Will be difficult, but let's see.

    Back to KP, I really hope he gets over these niggles before the Ashes. He doesn't have that long left at the top level and every cricket lover enjoys watching him play.

  • xylo on March 27, 2013, 20:30 GMT

    It is because of injuries like these which can curtail the life of a sportsman's earning window, and opportunities like IPL are hard to pass by.