Sri Lanka v England, 1st Test, Kandy December 4, 2007

Pietersen will bat despite finger break

Cricinfo staff

Kevin Pietersen will be available to bat in England's second innings in Kandy despite breaking a bone in his finger.

Pietersen suffered the break to his right little finger during Sri Lanka's first innings and has not been on the field at all during their second innings. However, as he sustained the blow during the match he will be able to bat in his usual position because the rules state that it is an "external" injury.

Had he pulled a muscle, however, or suffered any other type of internal injury he would have not been able to bat higher than No. 7.