England v Australia, 2nd Investec Test, Lord's, 3rd day

Pietersen injury doubt for third Test

George Dobell at Lord's

July 20, 2013

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Kevin Pietersen walks off after a failure, England v Australia, 2nd Investec Ashes Test, Lord's, 1st day, July 18, 2013
Kevin Pietersen failed twice at Lord's © Getty Images

Kevin Pietersen has been ruled out of the remainder of the second Investec Ashes Test at Lord's with a calf strain and his involvement in the third Test is now in doubt.

Pietersen injured his calf while fielding on the second day at Lord's and did not warm-up with the England team on the third morning. He underwent a scan on Saturday and will not field again in the Lord's Test.

He will now be assessed before a decision is made on his involvement in the third Test at Old Trafford, which begins August 1.

Pietersen has recently returned to cricket following a three month layoff after bruising his knee on England's tour of New Zealand in March. Pietersen left the tour before the final Test in Auckland and did not return to action until June 21.

So far, Pietersen has had a quiet Ashes series with 85 runs in four innings, including two single figure scores at Lord's. But he did make a composed 64 in the second innings at Trent Bridge which helped swing the tide of the match back to England.

But now, for the second home Ashes in succession, Pietersen's availability is in doubt due to injury. He missed the final three Tests of the 2009 series with an Achilles problem.

There was better news of Eoin Morgan, who broke a finger in the Champions Trophy. He has received the all-clear from England's medical staff and is now expected to return to action for Middlesex imminently. It had been feared Morgan would be out for a far longer period.

In a clear sign that he remains of interest to the England selectors in all formats, Morgan, who holds a central contract, trained with the Test squad at Lord's and faced some throw-downs from the coaching team.

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Posted by Paul_JT on (July 22, 2013, 10:06 GMT)

Unlike Australia, England look settled and have the luxury in a variety of replacements should Pietersen be unavailable. James Taylor is rightly favourite as a middle order batsmen. Luke Wright, an alternative to Bopara as a bowling option, hit 161 last Championship game and could play against the Australians in their tour match.

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (July 21, 2013, 20:57 GMT)

He's out of nick and there's the quality Taylor waiting to fill his boots. Get well and match fit soon KP, come back for tests 4 and 5 if you can. England can still win without you.

Posted by jackthelad on (July 21, 2013, 19:09 GMT)

Pietersen is a show-pony and wouldn't be missed, on current form. James Taylor would be the obvious replacement - Compton isn't in the selectors' field of vision, and Morgan is not, never was and never will be a Test batsman.

Posted by naudurivsm on (July 21, 2013, 18:59 GMT)

I wonder, if this is real injury scare or an excuse to rest him following the performance/contribution so far. hmmm.....

Posted by SDHM on (July 21, 2013, 14:26 GMT)

@MarkTaffin - Flower pretty much confirmed when talking about Root opening the batting that Compton is injury cover for the top 3. If KP needs to be replaced, they'll do a straight swap for a middle order player. This idea that you can't chuck a young lad in is ridiculous - Root, Bairstow and Agar have all done alright so far despite it supposedly being too intense for youngsters, haven't they?

Posted by MarkTaffin on (July 21, 2013, 13:53 GMT)

Interesting and challenging dilemma for the selectors. "Fairness" and logic (recent selection, form against the Aussies) says Compton, even if he plays at 3 and Trotty drops to 4. Doubt they'll have the nerve to pick a debutant, particularly with Bairstow only really ticking along and Prior seemingly out of form. (England will only be 2-0 up!) Injuries apart, techniques surely would preclude Morgan and Bopara? Taylor seems to have really upset someone; Strauss on Sky seems unwilling to explain why he has totally slipped from consideration...

Posted by Supersax on (July 21, 2013, 13:28 GMT)

Why would you pick a Zimbabwean when there is a better qualified Englishman available? Taylor every time

Posted by Carl2011 on (July 21, 2013, 12:59 GMT)

Ballance isn't that good, his big average is mainly down to scoring in Zimbabwe! Taylor is the obvious choice!

Posted by hhillbumper on (July 21, 2013, 11:41 GMT)

Train stationer.Swann was useless in India? let alone here? Panesar has not developed as a bowler and you have to wonder if he ever will. I like Monty but Swann is far better especially given the amout of Left handers they have. If swann has been poor for two years then thank god such a poor bowler is English

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