England news April 24, 2013

Pietersen out of Champions Trophy

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Kevin Pietersen has been ruled out of the Champions Trophy and could face a race to be fit in time for the Ashes as he continues his rehabilitation from a knee injury. The ECB said on Wednesday that it expected Pietersen to resume full training in mid-June, less than four weeks before the first Test against Australia at Trent Bridge on July 10.

Pietersen missed the third Test of England's tour of New Zealand after suffering bruising to his right knee and it had already been announced that the batsman would not be considered for the return series, starting next month. Playing in the Champions Trophy was the next target but it has been deemed that he will not be ready for the tournament, which runs from June 6-23.

An ECB statement read: "Kevin Pietersen has been ruled out of the ICC Champions Trophy following a repeat MRI scan on his right knee earlier today. The scan has shown some improvement in the bruising to the bone that occurred in the build up to the Test Series against New Zealand in February. However Pietersen will not have recovered sufficiently in time for the NatWest one-day series against New Zealand beginning May 31 and the Champions Trophy which follows. Pietersen will now start a graduated rehabilitation program with a view to resuming full training by the middle of June."

The news is not altogether unexpected, with England taking a cautious approach to managing Pietersen's knee problem ahead of back-to-back Ashes series, and comes shortly after the announcement of Australia's touring squad. Pietersen has been wearing a brace to aid his recovery, although there is currently no suggestion that surgery will be required.

When he flew home from New Zealand, where he was injured in a warm-up match at Queenstown, a timeframe of eight weeks was given, forcing his withdrawal from the entire IPL. The two home Tests against New Zealand, beginning on May 16, would also have come too soon but his absence for the Champions Trophy is a blow to England's hopes of winning a global 50-over competition for the first time.

Should his recovery progress as the ECB hopes, Pietersen could play for Surrey in the Championship against Yorkshire starting on June 21. England then have a four-day game against Essex starting on June 30 to prepare for the Ashes although even that schedule would only leave him a maximum eight days of first-class cricket since the middle of March.

Pietersen returned to England's ODI team for the first time in almost a year against India in January after his temporary retirement from limited-overs internationals in 2012. England's rotation policy meant Jonathan Trott was rested for that series, with Joe Root making an immediate impression in the middle order and when Pietersen sat out the ODIs in New Zealand, Root improved his record to 326 runs at 81.50.

With Trott, Alastair Cook and Ian Bell all expected to bat at the top of the order, England will now be heavily reliant on Eoin Morgan to provide the sort of impetus that Pietersen is capable of in one-day cricket. The priority of retaining the Ashes, however, is clearly of greater concern.

Alan Gardner is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Meety on April 26, 2013, 1:15 GMT

    Massive blow. An English top order of Cook, Bell, Trott & KP - IMO would of been the equal of any other top order for the Champ Trophy. This doesn't sink England by any means but it certainly significantly reduces what I thought was their strength. I think they will move Root up the order, & leave Morgan at 5 or 6. I think England's plan would be to be fairly conservative until 30th over & use Morgan & the middle order to explode. Sth Africa must now be favourites to finally win a World Event.

  • AKS286 on April 27, 2013, 18:43 GMT

    @JG2704 on (April 26, 2013, 21:42 GMT) coming in anywhere between 4 and 7 - If so said 1 - 7 then I'll be happy. and How you know in just 8 matches? even he is an opener for yorks. If Prior will open then Bresnan, Woakes/Wright both can play. IMO Cook & Hales/Lumb is best.

  • Vinod_Fab on April 27, 2013, 11:49 GMT

    Bad Bad Bad news for ENG.. :(. With that ENG hopes for making into the finals goes for toss..Why the hell does all this(Injury and other stuffs) happens to only the most talented modern era batsman and the most prolific player EVER under crunch situations..?? First it happened in WC 2011 QF when he was due for a big knock, and now CT 2013.. He is deprieved by god for being the most influential player ever in all the three formats..KP would have felt gutted as it was ENG's best chance as tournament favorites for first time ever..But i very well knows this man's resilience power.. He will come back hard against AUS and in AUS he will be due to play his 100th test.. My ENG XI--(Good enuf for SF) Cook,Bell,Trott,Root,Morgan,Butler,Woakes,Swann,Finn,Broad,Anderson

  • JG2704 on April 26, 2013, 21:42 GMT

    @AKS286 on (April 26, 2013, 7:30 GMT) Root should be a floater - coming in anywhere between 4 and 7 . He is very versatile in that he seems to be able to up the tempo or consolidate depending on what is required

  • JG2704 on April 26, 2013, 21:39 GMT

    @cric_J - (ctd) - I think they'll go (barring injuries etc) Cook,Bell,Trott,Morgan,Buttler,Root,Bres or Woakes , Broad , Swann , Finn , Jimmy . Personally I think I'd go Cook,Wright or Hales , Trott or Bell , Morgan, Jos , Root , Tredwell,Swann,Broad, Finn,Anderson and I'd move Swann above Broad if both are in the side as I think he's a better batsman

    They need at least 5 bowlers because they need to bowl 50 overs. I don't know the stats but Tredwell and Swann seem to have been our most consistent shorter format bowlers esp compared to most of our pacers

  • AKS286 on April 26, 2013, 7:30 GMT

    About Root his batting order is No.6 in Odis Ok thats fine. No.6 is the position of a Finisher and Root is not a finisher. if Root will continue his batting at No.6 then his batting gets affected in his early period. If Woakes &/or Bresnan will play in CT then moving Prior up in the order is good. Cook, Hales, Lumb/Trott, Root, Bell, Morgan, Prior, Bresnan, Broad/Tremlett/C.Wright, Tredwell, Jimmy. or Cook, Hales, Bell, Root, Morgan, Prior, Woakes/Wright, Tredwell, Jimmy, Finn, Tremlett/C.Wright

  • cric_J on April 26, 2013, 6:21 GMT

    @ JG2704 : Yeah you are right. Morgan would probably be a better choice to Hales/Wright. Don't know HOW he slipped my memory ? He has been gud in the IPL and would be a very good choice for 5 with Bairstow moving up at 4 , Root at 6 and Butler at 7. Also with both Butler and Bairstow Eng would have the option of dropping one of them in case they are not contributing sufficiently with the bat.In such a scenario Wright/Hales might get a look in.The thing with Wright is that he can throw in a few overs as well if needed.

    Also just to clarify, I meant that Eng could try either 7 batsmen and 4 bowlers OR they could go for 6/1/4 with Woakes/Bres filling the all rounder's spot.

    I am not too sure if I would want 2 spinners as being an Indian I know that our team(or any other subcon team) would prefer to face spin rather than quality fast bowling on English wickets. But it may work out against teams like Australia or NZ.

  • JG2704 on April 26, 2013, 5:24 GMT

    @ cric_J on (April 25, 2013, 12:11 GMT) Agree that KP may have been risked for CT if it weren't for the Ashes but I guess no one knows how bad he is. Re the ODI side , I don't think they'll try Wright or Hales although I think they should - maybe instead of Bell. I know Bell has done little wrong but I still don't like 3 accumulators at the top even though it has worked recently. And re your calculations , it seems like you have 7 batsmen if you have Hales/Wright at 4 followed by Bairstow,Root and Buttler. Also would you not have Morgan in there. Personally I'd like Eng to have looked at Wright and Hales before now and I think they missed a trick in not trying them in India or NZ. Part of me thinks they're actually afraid they'll succeed and create selection headaches. I'd also like to see Eng go in with 2 spinners , even in England

  • cric_J on April 25, 2013, 12:11 GMT

    Last week or so it was " Pietersen out of the NZ tour " and now it is "Pietersen out of the Champion's Trophy ". And the last thing England would want now would be " Pietersen out of the Ashes ". I think KP would probably have been risked for the CT had the Ashes not been around the corner.But with him out, England's chances to win the trophy surely look a touch weaker.

    I agree with a few others that Wright and Hales probably deserve a chance.Though the bigger problem would be the batting order. Cook and Bell have been solid as openers and Trott won't bat below 3.That means Wright / Hales would bat at 4 with Bairstow, Root and Butler to follow. Or Bairstow and Root could move up a place leaving the no. 6 slot fot the taking.

    Also, I feel England could grab this chance to try out five bowlers in Swanny, Jimmy, Broady and any two out of Bres, Woakes and Finny.

  • JG2704 on April 25, 2013, 11:32 GMT

    @TestsareBest on (April 25, 2013, 9:39 GMT) Mate , we've done all this before.

    1 - Jos is now in possession and while he has a very poor average he has an unreal SR. His SR will likely come down but his SR will go up

    2 - Re Craig vs Prior - Craig's stats are 40 inns , 5 not outs , 1 x 100 and 5 a 50 at an average of 30.11 and SR of 89.93 and Matt has had 62 inns , 9 not outs 1 x 50 (87) at an ave of 24.18 and SR of 76.76

    Yes you can say re scoring more runs that Craig had an advantage of batting up the order for much of the time but he is up by 6 on the average and 12 on the SR too. In fact he still has a better SR than any top 6 batsman for Eng inc KP and Morgan

    3 - Prior would likely be rested for much of the time anyway.

    You'd think Matt would have done better for Eng in the ODIs but the facts are he hasn't

  • Meety on April 26, 2013, 1:15 GMT

    Massive blow. An English top order of Cook, Bell, Trott & KP - IMO would of been the equal of any other top order for the Champ Trophy. This doesn't sink England by any means but it certainly significantly reduces what I thought was their strength. I think they will move Root up the order, & leave Morgan at 5 or 6. I think England's plan would be to be fairly conservative until 30th over & use Morgan & the middle order to explode. Sth Africa must now be favourites to finally win a World Event.

  • AKS286 on April 27, 2013, 18:43 GMT

    @JG2704 on (April 26, 2013, 21:42 GMT) coming in anywhere between 4 and 7 - If so said 1 - 7 then I'll be happy. and How you know in just 8 matches? even he is an opener for yorks. If Prior will open then Bresnan, Woakes/Wright both can play. IMO Cook & Hales/Lumb is best.

  • Vinod_Fab on April 27, 2013, 11:49 GMT

    Bad Bad Bad news for ENG.. :(. With that ENG hopes for making into the finals goes for toss..Why the hell does all this(Injury and other stuffs) happens to only the most talented modern era batsman and the most prolific player EVER under crunch situations..?? First it happened in WC 2011 QF when he was due for a big knock, and now CT 2013.. He is deprieved by god for being the most influential player ever in all the three formats..KP would have felt gutted as it was ENG's best chance as tournament favorites for first time ever..But i very well knows this man's resilience power.. He will come back hard against AUS and in AUS he will be due to play his 100th test.. My ENG XI--(Good enuf for SF) Cook,Bell,Trott,Root,Morgan,Butler,Woakes,Swann,Finn,Broad,Anderson

  • JG2704 on April 26, 2013, 21:42 GMT

    @AKS286 on (April 26, 2013, 7:30 GMT) Root should be a floater - coming in anywhere between 4 and 7 . He is very versatile in that he seems to be able to up the tempo or consolidate depending on what is required

  • JG2704 on April 26, 2013, 21:39 GMT

    @cric_J - (ctd) - I think they'll go (barring injuries etc) Cook,Bell,Trott,Morgan,Buttler,Root,Bres or Woakes , Broad , Swann , Finn , Jimmy . Personally I think I'd go Cook,Wright or Hales , Trott or Bell , Morgan, Jos , Root , Tredwell,Swann,Broad, Finn,Anderson and I'd move Swann above Broad if both are in the side as I think he's a better batsman

    They need at least 5 bowlers because they need to bowl 50 overs. I don't know the stats but Tredwell and Swann seem to have been our most consistent shorter format bowlers esp compared to most of our pacers

  • AKS286 on April 26, 2013, 7:30 GMT

    About Root his batting order is No.6 in Odis Ok thats fine. No.6 is the position of a Finisher and Root is not a finisher. if Root will continue his batting at No.6 then his batting gets affected in his early period. If Woakes &/or Bresnan will play in CT then moving Prior up in the order is good. Cook, Hales, Lumb/Trott, Root, Bell, Morgan, Prior, Bresnan, Broad/Tremlett/C.Wright, Tredwell, Jimmy. or Cook, Hales, Bell, Root, Morgan, Prior, Woakes/Wright, Tredwell, Jimmy, Finn, Tremlett/C.Wright

  • cric_J on April 26, 2013, 6:21 GMT

    @ JG2704 : Yeah you are right. Morgan would probably be a better choice to Hales/Wright. Don't know HOW he slipped my memory ? He has been gud in the IPL and would be a very good choice for 5 with Bairstow moving up at 4 , Root at 6 and Butler at 7. Also with both Butler and Bairstow Eng would have the option of dropping one of them in case they are not contributing sufficiently with the bat.In such a scenario Wright/Hales might get a look in.The thing with Wright is that he can throw in a few overs as well if needed.

    Also just to clarify, I meant that Eng could try either 7 batsmen and 4 bowlers OR they could go for 6/1/4 with Woakes/Bres filling the all rounder's spot.

    I am not too sure if I would want 2 spinners as being an Indian I know that our team(or any other subcon team) would prefer to face spin rather than quality fast bowling on English wickets. But it may work out against teams like Australia or NZ.

  • JG2704 on April 26, 2013, 5:24 GMT

    @ cric_J on (April 25, 2013, 12:11 GMT) Agree that KP may have been risked for CT if it weren't for the Ashes but I guess no one knows how bad he is. Re the ODI side , I don't think they'll try Wright or Hales although I think they should - maybe instead of Bell. I know Bell has done little wrong but I still don't like 3 accumulators at the top even though it has worked recently. And re your calculations , it seems like you have 7 batsmen if you have Hales/Wright at 4 followed by Bairstow,Root and Buttler. Also would you not have Morgan in there. Personally I'd like Eng to have looked at Wright and Hales before now and I think they missed a trick in not trying them in India or NZ. Part of me thinks they're actually afraid they'll succeed and create selection headaches. I'd also like to see Eng go in with 2 spinners , even in England

  • cric_J on April 25, 2013, 12:11 GMT

    Last week or so it was " Pietersen out of the NZ tour " and now it is "Pietersen out of the Champion's Trophy ". And the last thing England would want now would be " Pietersen out of the Ashes ". I think KP would probably have been risked for the CT had the Ashes not been around the corner.But with him out, England's chances to win the trophy surely look a touch weaker.

    I agree with a few others that Wright and Hales probably deserve a chance.Though the bigger problem would be the batting order. Cook and Bell have been solid as openers and Trott won't bat below 3.That means Wright / Hales would bat at 4 with Bairstow, Root and Butler to follow. Or Bairstow and Root could move up a place leaving the no. 6 slot fot the taking.

    Also, I feel England could grab this chance to try out five bowlers in Swanny, Jimmy, Broady and any two out of Bres, Woakes and Finny.

  • JG2704 on April 25, 2013, 11:32 GMT

    @TestsareBest on (April 25, 2013, 9:39 GMT) Mate , we've done all this before.

    1 - Jos is now in possession and while he has a very poor average he has an unreal SR. His SR will likely come down but his SR will go up

    2 - Re Craig vs Prior - Craig's stats are 40 inns , 5 not outs , 1 x 100 and 5 a 50 at an average of 30.11 and SR of 89.93 and Matt has had 62 inns , 9 not outs 1 x 50 (87) at an ave of 24.18 and SR of 76.76

    Yes you can say re scoring more runs that Craig had an advantage of batting up the order for much of the time but he is up by 6 on the average and 12 on the SR too. In fact he still has a better SR than any top 6 batsman for Eng inc KP and Morgan

    3 - Prior would likely be rested for much of the time anyway.

    You'd think Matt would have done better for Eng in the ODIs but the facts are he hasn't

  • Hira1 on April 25, 2013, 11:05 GMT

    very bad news, cricket is not the same without KP for sure, first T20 world cup, than IPL and now champions trophy. I hope we would soon see him playing and in all the formats, by that time he must have got ample rest that he is so desperately wanted an year ago.

  • RandyOZ on April 25, 2013, 10:18 GMT

    Wonder who is going to come in to fill the quota? Kieswetter?

  • JG2704 on April 25, 2013, 9:45 GMT

    @electric_loco_WAP4 on (April 25, 2013, 7:39 GMT) According to the series results from the 2012/13 the only team who are definitely superior to England in ODIs is India who beat England in India by the margin 3-2. 2 of those "superior" sides Eng beat 4-0 - but good balanced post regardless

  • TestsareBest on April 25, 2013, 9:39 GMT

    A great shame for England, KP and fans. But England won't be in with a shout as their ODI selection decisions seem baffling to many of us. In what parallel universe would one have chosen Kieswetter over Prior? And how does Dernbach keep getting into squads and teams? It's always been this way, it seems. Mark Butcher didn't play a single ODI for England.

    More important that KP is back for The Ashes. England will retain these comfortably but I feel KP was gearing up for one of his best ever Test series against the old enemy.

  • jmcilhinney on April 25, 2013, 9:17 GMT

    Over the course of a tournament, I would expect England to be a better team with KP in so this is undoubtedly a blow. That said, particularly at home, England has plenty of options for replacements who certainly have the potential to win them games. You'd think that Bairstow would be in the squad and is the most likely to step in, assuming that Buttler and Root were already in the XI, but I wouldn't be unhappy to see either Wright or Hales get a run. Wright's been quite consistent in T20 lately so he seems to have matured to the point where he could do a good job in ODIs, and he's good for a few overs too.

  • JG2704 on April 25, 2013, 9:11 GMT

    Isn't it ironic that after KP asks Eng for more time off , as soon as he gets more time off he picks up these injuries. It's a blow to our CT chances for sure but KP plays best with a free mind and he won't have that if he has injury doubts. I hope England go for an attacking player to replace KP - I'd probably go Wright. Despite managing to win without KP I'm still not convinced in having Cook,Bell and Trott in the top 3. I'd also like to see Hales given a chance. Bowling is more of an issue. My 5 man attack might be something like Jimmy,Finn,Broad,Swann,Tredwell with Root as a 6th option.

  • jmcilhinney on April 25, 2013, 9:10 GMT

    @electric_loco_WAP4 on (April 25, 2013, 7:39 GMT), you seem a little out of touch. The last time England played an ODI series at home against Australia it was 4-0 England and almost certainly would have been 5-0 if it weren't for one game being rained out. England also won the last home ODI series against SL 3-2. Your glib evaluation of which are the superior teams seems based on something other than facts.

  • Flash_hard27 on April 25, 2013, 8:17 GMT

    @electric_loco_WAP4 - You do know that the competition is being held in England? Suggest you check out our ODI scores for the last few summers at home. Even without him England will make the semi finals.

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on April 25, 2013, 7:39 GMT

    @GreenDeviln- I think you just over estimate Eng teams capability in ODIs . Even if KP plays , Eng stand next to no chance and will be demolished by superior teams the likes of Aus ,Pak and even SL . I think they should aim to sneak in 1 odd win against .... maybe Ind so that they don't get out of CT winless . Also they can make green top for game vs Ind as they can get away with it against Ind's seamers also expose the Ind batting . There's atleast a chance of a win .

  • AKS286 on April 25, 2013, 6:05 GMT

    We want fully fit and freshen England before Ashes. Some players must be rested before Ashes like Cook, Bell, Trott, KP, Prior, Swanny, Jimmy. And these players in action like Bresnan, Onion, Tredwell(in tests), Meaker, C.Wright, Buttler, Bairstow, Taylor, Wayne White, Borthick,Tremlett CT'13 team- Hales, Lumb, Root, Morgan(Cap), Bairstow, Kieswetter, Woakes, Bresnan/Tremlett/C.Wright, Tredwell, Broad, Onion. England will whitewash Aus & also gonna to win CT'13.

  • Narbavi on April 25, 2013, 4:18 GMT

    Bad news in the build up to 2013's most prestigious tournament!!

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on April 25, 2013, 2:52 GMT

    Blessing! He should have been automatically rested anyway, fit and ready or not. In fact I agree with AKS286: let's rest the entire Ashes squad, or at least have them out training for proper test cricket. There are more than enough capable fringe players that can still win the Champions Trophy without the test players.

  • SamRoy on April 25, 2013, 2:51 GMT

    @Darren Cook True, may be his best interests may not always be the best interests of the England Team but he is England's best player by a country mile (may not be best performing player like Trott or Cook but that is beside the point) and a great entertainer. Without him, England would have never won the World T20. Also, if these extremely talented young Aussie pacers finally get their mojo by say the Ashes to be held in Australia you need Pietersen as Pietersen is the only England batsman who can thrive against real quality bowling. Cook, Bell and Trott get many more runs than Pietersen against not-so-good bowling but when the bowling is real quality they fail 90% of the time.

  • vrn59 on April 25, 2013, 0:25 GMT

    Terrible news! One of the best players out! My England XI now would be Alastair Cook (C), Ian Bell, Jonathan Trott, Eoin Morgan, Joe Root, Jos Buttler (wk), Samit Patel, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, James Anderson, Steven Finn. 12th man: Jonathan Bairstow (backup wk). Squad members: Alex Hales, Luke Wright, Tim Bresnan, James Tredwell.

  • Chris_P on April 24, 2013, 22:45 GMT

    I would rather see him play as he is a special talent & whether they play for you or against you, you should always appreciate what these type of guys offer. That said, it is far better for England's Ashes efforts for him to miss the Champion's Trophy in order to give himself maximum time to recover. As landl47 alluded, there will come a point in time he won't be there.

  • on April 24, 2013, 21:52 GMT

    He'll be fit, too big a stage for him to miss.

  • siddharth_r2001 on April 24, 2013, 20:03 GMT

    The scenario is what Pietersen would have wanted! Except for the fact that he will miss two Tests vs NZ at home. During last summer's high drama, his demand was that he did not want to play ODIs for England anyways - only Tests and T20s. And assuming he gets fit before the Ashes, that's exactly the way it's going to pan out with him missing the NZ ODIs and the Champions Trophy ODIs.

  • GreenDeviln on April 24, 2013, 19:48 GMT

    There goes England's chances of winning Champions Trophy..

  • on April 24, 2013, 19:41 GMT

    Anyone remember Michael Vaughan? Starting to sound familliar

  • CrICkeeet on April 24, 2013, 19:25 GMT

    So WHAT? pick up a responsible guy who dont want 2 RETIRE 4m intl. cricket 4 only t20 league....

  • AKS286 on April 24, 2013, 19:10 GMT

    Personally I want to rest Cook, Bell, Trott, Prior, Jimmy, KP.Swann before Ashes. I really want see in action Onion, Meaker, C.Wright, tredwell(in tests), Bresnan, Bitler, bairstow, Taylor, Wayne White before Ashes. Fully fit POMS no sign of injury. Eng win over Overated Aus side.

  • on April 24, 2013, 18:58 GMT

    This is great news, time to pick a English batsmen rather than a mercenary!

  • jackthelad on April 24, 2013, 18:53 GMT

    It'll do him good to know the team doesn't revolve around him. Tough luck for him personally, but good luck for England.

  • Cricketfan101 on April 24, 2013, 18:36 GMT

    there goes englands chances of winning it

  • 2.14istherunrate on April 24, 2013, 17:35 GMT

    This is appalling news. I hope it is not career threatening.

  • landl47 on April 24, 2013, 17:33 GMT

    Life without Pietersen is in the not-too-distant future anyway. England managed to win the 2009 Ashes after he went down with a ruptured achilles. If he plays, good: if not, there are other options- one of which might be to go in with Woakes as an all-rounder at #7.

    It's not the disaster it would be for Australia if Clarke isn't fit.

  • landl47 on April 24, 2013, 17:33 GMT

    Life without Pietersen is in the not-too-distant future anyway. England managed to win the 2009 Ashes after he went down with a ruptured achilles. If he plays, good: if not, there are other options- one of which might be to go in with Woakes as an all-rounder at #7.

    It's not the disaster it would be for Australia if Clarke isn't fit.

  • 2.14istherunrate on April 24, 2013, 17:35 GMT

    This is appalling news. I hope it is not career threatening.

  • Cricketfan101 on April 24, 2013, 18:36 GMT

    there goes englands chances of winning it

  • jackthelad on April 24, 2013, 18:53 GMT

    It'll do him good to know the team doesn't revolve around him. Tough luck for him personally, but good luck for England.

  • on April 24, 2013, 18:58 GMT

    This is great news, time to pick a English batsmen rather than a mercenary!

  • AKS286 on April 24, 2013, 19:10 GMT

    Personally I want to rest Cook, Bell, Trott, Prior, Jimmy, KP.Swann before Ashes. I really want see in action Onion, Meaker, C.Wright, tredwell(in tests), Bresnan, Bitler, bairstow, Taylor, Wayne White before Ashes. Fully fit POMS no sign of injury. Eng win over Overated Aus side.

  • CrICkeeet on April 24, 2013, 19:25 GMT

    So WHAT? pick up a responsible guy who dont want 2 RETIRE 4m intl. cricket 4 only t20 league....

  • on April 24, 2013, 19:41 GMT

    Anyone remember Michael Vaughan? Starting to sound familliar

  • GreenDeviln on April 24, 2013, 19:48 GMT

    There goes England's chances of winning Champions Trophy..

  • siddharth_r2001 on April 24, 2013, 20:03 GMT

    The scenario is what Pietersen would have wanted! Except for the fact that he will miss two Tests vs NZ at home. During last summer's high drama, his demand was that he did not want to play ODIs for England anyways - only Tests and T20s. And assuming he gets fit before the Ashes, that's exactly the way it's going to pan out with him missing the NZ ODIs and the Champions Trophy ODIs.