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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  • on March 27, 2013, 14:24 GMT

    It's essential that KP is in England's team. You can't avoid injuries of course, but that middle-order looks thin without him. Even when he's not in form, his mere-presence adds the kind of match-winning strength that is required in a successful team. He was the difference in the recent series vs South Africa and his absence at Lords proved that. Root and Bairstow are promising, young players and will need time to settle in at International level. I've said it before and i'll say it again, Prior is good enough to be a fulltime batsman in the team, how about playing him at six and drafting in another Keeper. His batting is impressive as it is, but could you imagine if he was to focus purely on batting alone?

  • sachin_vvsfan on March 27, 2013, 6:24 GMT

    Good that he had no cartilage damaged. I had meniscus tear 1.5 years ago and it has not healed yet. Would be nice to know what kind of brace he is wearing. Two weeks rest and then they get intense physiotherapy. Lucky sports persons.

    England badly need him for Ashes. Mitchell jhonson's one blow on KP's ribs will do 50% of the job for Aussies.

  • 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..!!

  • 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!

  • on March 27, 2013, 14:24 GMT

    It's essential that KP is in England's team. You can't avoid injuries of course, but that middle-order looks thin without him. Even when he's not in form, his mere-presence adds the kind of match-winning strength that is required in a successful team. He was the difference in the recent series vs South Africa and his absence at Lords proved that. Root and Bairstow are promising, young players and will need time to settle in at International level. I've said it before and i'll say it again, Prior is good enough to be a fulltime batsman in the team, how about playing him at six and drafting in another Keeper. His batting is impressive as it is, but could you imagine if he was to focus purely on batting alone?

  • sachin_vvsfan on March 27, 2013, 6:24 GMT

    Good that he had no cartilage damaged. I had meniscus tear 1.5 years ago and it has not healed yet. Would be nice to know what kind of brace he is wearing. Two weeks rest and then they get intense physiotherapy. Lucky sports persons.

    England badly need him for Ashes. Mitchell jhonson's one blow on KP's ribs will do 50% of the job for Aussies.

  • 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..!!

  • 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.

  • jb633 on March 27, 2013, 20:10 GMT

    I hate that I agree with SurlyCynic but he is right. We do seem to be on the decline and we can't hide from it any more. The ball has stopped swinging for some reason and this is why we became good in the first place. To me, as a loyal and loving fan, this side does not fill me with great confidence. I also don't think Australia are that bad and the 4-0 loss will not have a bearing on the Ashes as the conditions will be unverses apart. I really hope we can put a stop to the decline in our seam attack because we need it to beat Oz home and away. @SurlyCynic- I can't wait to see SA in the UAE it will be the series of the year IMO. Totally alien conditions against two class spinners. That will be the real test of SA this year. I am backing Pakistan in that one, with absolutley no spinners of your own. Robing Peterson v Ajmal/Rehman= no conetst.

  • 200ondebut on March 27, 2013, 18:09 GMT

    Thats poor news for the ground authorities - with KP in the side I now expect them to see off the talentless shambles from Australia within three days.

  • Hira1 on March 27, 2013, 17:32 GMT

    those who love cricket would love to see KP back on cricket field in his best of form and also like to see him back in the T20 squad as well, its long that we didn't watched him playing T20 match.

  • citizenkc on March 27, 2013, 15:05 GMT

    Good news for England. Barring injuries to other players and a return to the team by Swann, it is fairly clear that England will retain the Ashes. The current Aussies team just doesn't have the batsmen to combat the English attack. Other than Clarke, every Aussie batsman averages in the 30s. That's pretty appalling. Also, as we saw in Auckland, when pushed to the wall, England has a number 7 (Prior) who probably is the best no. 7 in the world. If Broad, Bresnan, and Swann are in the side, England bat really deep. Cook, Trott, Pietersen, and Bell in the top 6 are matched only by the peerless South Africans. The Aussies will have a decent bowling attack, assuming Pattinson and the others are fit, but the bowlers in themselves, I predict, will never have enough to bowl at. Unless a couple of batsmen play out of their skins, the Ashes are staying with England. I expect them to win at least 3 of the tests.

  • SurlyCynic on March 27, 2013, 14:23 GMT

    @ DannyBurke: Are you really saying that Anderson and Broad are at the same level they were two years ago? Going to have to disagree with you there, Anderson is getting older and Broad has a chronic heel problem. Bresnan has never really got over his elbow injury and Onions seems to be past his best. Finn has long-term potential at least, but remains erratic. Let's see how Swann gets over his elbow operation.

    Seems like a lot of problems for one team to have.

  • 2.14istherunrate on March 27, 2013, 12:55 GMT

    I hope he recovers fully and it's not a longterm issue., Notwithstanding the 5th day draw, England batting looked a bit short of ideas (except Prior) without KP and his place is certainly not on the line if he is fit. Hopefully he will play a few games for Surrey too,as the odd double hundred always helps the cause.

  • DannyBurke on March 27, 2013, 12:33 GMT

    Really not sure where that has come from SurlyCynic.

    Looking at the England side there are only a couple of injuries that "really" impact the team. Swann and KP. Anderson, Broad and Finn were struggling because it was three tests on the bounce on wickets where they were offered nothing. That doesnt happen too often.

    Thats really not the "end of the road" or "falling apart to me". Yes Root and Bairstow arent as good as KP, but are Steve Smith and Henriques as good as Clarke? He is struggling with a long term back problem that seems to be rearing its ugly head.

    These young fast bowlers are pretty brittle too, which is a shame for Aus, because despite being English I would like to see them return to being a good side.

    This summer is going to be a good one no matter what and I, for one, cannot wait!

  • InsideHedge on March 27, 2013, 12:07 GMT

    England without KP was there for all to see in the recent 3rd Test against NZ. His impact is immense, I'm convinced Eng would NOT have won in India without him, Eng are aware of his importance and fast-tracked his supposed "re-integration".

    KP left the WC party in 2011 after a bad injury, I recall Andy Flower questioning the legitimacy of the injury which turned out to be worse than initially diagnosed, it's noticeable that Flower is singing a different tune this time. Seems to me that Flower too has been re-integrated.

  • sachin_vvsfan on March 27, 2013, 11:22 GMT

    @blenheimfs i think cartilage is different from meniscus?? What KP had(or suspected to have) was meniscus injury but not cartilage(although the article mentioned it as cartilage). I was diagnosed with grade 1 meniscus tear and all the doctors that i consulted told surgery is not needed/recommended but man it still hurts me if i just stand for 5-10 minutes let alone walking.

  • trevorleesafro on March 27, 2013, 10:50 GMT

    Great for Surrey: Smith and KP in the same XI, can't wait!

  • SurlyCynic on March 27, 2013, 9:15 GMT

    The England team have come to the end of the road, their bodies are falling apart and they need new blood. But are Root and Bairstow as good as KP? Is Compton as good as Strauss? Is 'Treadmill' as good as Swann? Interesting questions.

    Despite their disaster in India my money is on Aus, they have a lot of quality young fast bowlers coming through so should do well in Eng/Aus conditions.

  • blenheimfs on March 27, 2013, 8:31 GMT

    sachin-vvsfan - a meniscus tear is damage to the cartilage and won't repair except with surgery. A tear to the medial ligament (which feels similar) will take up to two years to heal properly.

  • Hammond on March 27, 2013, 8:18 GMT

    MrKricket- I think Kevin Pietersen is actually a citizen of the United Kingdom. Get your facts straight.

  • MrKricket on March 27, 2013, 6:31 GMT

    Not good news for Australia. They'd prefer all the South Africans not to be playing and would still struggle on current form!

  • on March 27, 2013, 5:03 GMT

    KP is a very important player. as a DD fan i want him to play for them however his personal health is more important. i wish him speedy recovery and play again and play like KP

  • on March 27, 2013, 5:03 GMT

    KP is a very important player. as a DD fan i want him to play for them however his personal health is more important. i wish him speedy recovery and play again and play like KP

  • MrKricket on March 27, 2013, 6:31 GMT

    Not good news for Australia. They'd prefer all the South Africans not to be playing and would still struggle on current form!

  • Hammond on March 27, 2013, 8:18 GMT

    MrKricket- I think Kevin Pietersen is actually a citizen of the United Kingdom. Get your facts straight.

  • blenheimfs on March 27, 2013, 8:31 GMT

    sachin-vvsfan - a meniscus tear is damage to the cartilage and won't repair except with surgery. A tear to the medial ligament (which feels similar) will take up to two years to heal properly.

  • SurlyCynic on March 27, 2013, 9:15 GMT

    The England team have come to the end of the road, their bodies are falling apart and they need new blood. But are Root and Bairstow as good as KP? Is Compton as good as Strauss? Is 'Treadmill' as good as Swann? Interesting questions.

    Despite their disaster in India my money is on Aus, they have a lot of quality young fast bowlers coming through so should do well in Eng/Aus conditions.

  • trevorleesafro on March 27, 2013, 10:50 GMT

    Great for Surrey: Smith and KP in the same XI, can't wait!

  • sachin_vvsfan on March 27, 2013, 11:22 GMT

    @blenheimfs i think cartilage is different from meniscus?? What KP had(or suspected to have) was meniscus injury but not cartilage(although the article mentioned it as cartilage). I was diagnosed with grade 1 meniscus tear and all the doctors that i consulted told surgery is not needed/recommended but man it still hurts me if i just stand for 5-10 minutes let alone walking.

  • InsideHedge on March 27, 2013, 12:07 GMT

    England without KP was there for all to see in the recent 3rd Test against NZ. His impact is immense, I'm convinced Eng would NOT have won in India without him, Eng are aware of his importance and fast-tracked his supposed "re-integration".

    KP left the WC party in 2011 after a bad injury, I recall Andy Flower questioning the legitimacy of the injury which turned out to be worse than initially diagnosed, it's noticeable that Flower is singing a different tune this time. Seems to me that Flower too has been re-integrated.

  • DannyBurke on March 27, 2013, 12:33 GMT

    Really not sure where that has come from SurlyCynic.

    Looking at the England side there are only a couple of injuries that "really" impact the team. Swann and KP. Anderson, Broad and Finn were struggling because it was three tests on the bounce on wickets where they were offered nothing. That doesnt happen too often.

    Thats really not the "end of the road" or "falling apart to me". Yes Root and Bairstow arent as good as KP, but are Steve Smith and Henriques as good as Clarke? He is struggling with a long term back problem that seems to be rearing its ugly head.

    These young fast bowlers are pretty brittle too, which is a shame for Aus, because despite being English I would like to see them return to being a good side.

    This summer is going to be a good one no matter what and I, for one, cannot wait!

  • 2.14istherunrate on March 27, 2013, 12:55 GMT

    I hope he recovers fully and it's not a longterm issue., Notwithstanding the 5th day draw, England batting looked a bit short of ideas (except Prior) without KP and his place is certainly not on the line if he is fit. Hopefully he will play a few games for Surrey too,as the odd double hundred always helps the cause.