England news April 24, 2013

Pietersen out of Champions Trophy


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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  • Anupam 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 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

  • John 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

  • John 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

  • Anupam 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

  • shashwata 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.

  • John 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

  • shashwata 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.

  • John 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