ICC Super Series, 2005-06 October 7, 2005

Pietersen's injury to be monitored

Cricinfo staff



Kevin Pietersen was forced to leave the field with an attack of cramp in his leg © Getty Images

Kevin Pietersen, who is currently playing for the World XI in the ICC Super Series, left the field towards the end of Australia's innings with cramp in his leg. But David Graveney has dismissed suggestions that England would have preferred three of their key players - Pietersen, Andrew Flintoff and Steve Harmison - to miss the series, ahead of their forthcoming tour to Pakistan.

"He's a fit young lad," Graveney told Sky Sports. "I think it is a great occasion for our lads to be involved in. We'll be keeping fingers crossed he has not suffered serious injury."

At the post-match conference, Shaun Pollock, Pietersen's captain for the series, said: "He [Pietersen] wasn't sure whether it was cramp or a tear. It was still a bit sore when he went out to bat which is why he had a runner. he will have a scan tomorrow and if it's a tear he will be in doubt for the third game but if it's cramp he should be ok."

Pietersen, despite still being new to international cricket, is already an integral part of the England one-day and Test teams. He finished the Ashes series as England's leading scorer with 473 runs, including a remarkable innings of 158 in the final Test at The Oval.