England v Australia, 2nd Investec Test, Lord's, 3rd day July 20, 2013

Pietersen injury doubt for third Test

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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.

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Trickstar on July 20, 2013, 19:38 GMT

    Gutted for him, he needs time in the middle not time on the side. With 8 big tests to go we need him finding his top form. You also just know with KP that a big knock was just around the corner. Hopefully it all turns out OK and he's fit.

    Out of those in the wings, Tayor has done well this year but I still think his technique isn't good enough for international cricket but we'll see. The guy who I do think has the game is Gary Ballance, averages the same as Taylor this year 58 , a a good technique can play all types of innings as well.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.....

  • 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?

  • 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...

  • 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

  • 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!

  • 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

  • Trickstar on July 20, 2013, 19:38 GMT

    Gutted for him, he needs time in the middle not time on the side. With 8 big tests to go we need him finding his top form. You also just know with KP that a big knock was just around the corner. Hopefully it all turns out OK and he's fit.

    Out of those in the wings, Tayor has done well this year but I still think his technique isn't good enough for international cricket but we'll see. The guy who I do think has the game is Gary Ballance, averages the same as Taylor this year 58 , a a good technique can play all types of innings as well.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.....

  • 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?

  • 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...

  • 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

  • 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!

  • 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

  • SamWintson92 on July 21, 2013, 11:33 GMT

    a) KP is a superstar player with over 8000 test runs & 22 centuries. Although he failed in 2nd test but made a decisive & compact 64 in 1st test b) I hope & think that KP will be fit for 3rd test with probably 11 gap between 2nd & 3rd test c) If KP is ruled out, looks like replacements are Ballance, Taylor, Carberry, Compton, Morgan, Bopara. Among them I'll go with Gary Ballance.

  • hhillbumper on July 21, 2013, 11:29 GMT

    Pick Taylor. As for the Carberry fans he was seriously unlucky to get ill when he did and i have always appreciated his batting let alone his fielding.Taylor is the future though and can play all formats so get him in.

  • on July 21, 2013, 11:19 GMT

    @pyomri - FYI Ballance is Zimbabwean.

    Either pick Taylor or give an all-rounder a go. Rashid perhaps but Stokes is more likely. If it is Stokes then Panesar or Kerrigan could come in for Bresnan.

  • chaddock on July 21, 2013, 10:12 GMT

    Compton should play. He averages over 50 against this Australian outfit, and he got two Test centuries earlier this year. He played at Lord's vs NZ with a broken finger, and did no worse than any of the other top order batsmen in that match, on either side. He had one poor match, at Headingley, but has come back strong from that. He should also be kept warm for a top 3 position if any of those breaks a finger in the next 8 Ashes matches. Not much point in blooding someone else.

  • Cameronburt96 on July 21, 2013, 9:22 GMT

    Realistically, Compton should come in at 4, where I feel he would be more suited. However, a top 4 of him, cook, trott and root has the potential to be dreadfully boring, so, from a neutral point of view, I'd rather see ballance or Taylor come in, who are also, IMHO, the future of England's batting with root and bairstow.

  • garibaldi on July 21, 2013, 8:26 GMT

    I think it's indicative of the relatively healthy state of English cricket that an injury to KP no longer causes panic. In the past we were far too reliant on "talisman" figures, especially Flintoff and KP, so that when they were injured everyone thought "help! What are we going to do!" and opponents rubbed their hands with glee. Now there is simply a measured discussion about the possible replacements- a much better situation to be in. I would go for Taylor, who showed promise against SA, has the right technique and deserves a chance.

  • on July 21, 2013, 5:33 GMT

    Carberry to open with Cook, Root drops down the order

    drop Bairstow and play 5 batsmen and 5 bowlers bring in Tremlett , this would give the side much needed balance, and give us the ability to enforce the follow-on

    Swann's been our of form for nearing 2 years(rubbish in India, rubbish against SA), time to bring back our number one spinner Panesar

    My team for the 3rd test:- Cook,Carberry,Trott,Bell, Root, Prior,Broad,Bresnan,Anderson,Tremlett,Panesar

  • on July 21, 2013, 1:07 GMT

    I'd be inclined to give Taylor another knock perhaps, AND play Kerrigan with Swann, dropping/resting Broad. Taylor or Ballance - the latter looks a quality player, but maybe it would be harsh on the former not to pick him. So: Cook, Root, Trott, Ballance/Taylor, Bell, Bairstow, Bresnan, Swann, Anderson, Kerrigan.

  • on July 21, 2013, 0:02 GMT

    Blessing in disguise for England. Now, they can get the team for the next Test "Taylor" made; or bring in more "Ballance", though they look quite balanced even now (with or without an out-of-form KP).

  • GeoffreysMother on July 20, 2013, 23:07 GMT

    It would surely have to be Taylor. He has played higher up the order than Ballance and, at Trent Bridge, often on spicier wickets In scoring good runs consistently he has done what the selectors have asked and must have done so with a good temperament given the additional pressure this brings. Sure he will have technical issues, but all batsmen do when exposed to remorseless media coverage and slo-mo replays but players with strong minds and good basic skills address these and cope with the pressure. Look at how Bairstow helped Bell to push the scoring o on the first day after being 'out' without going into his shell, and as a result but the Aussie bowlers on the back foot. Compare that to Compton against New Zealand who could not hit the ball off the square for fear of being out.

  • glance_to_leg on July 20, 2013, 23:00 GMT

    Hope it is Taylor (patient, excellent temperament, can accelerate when needed) who has much better technique than Bairstow (closed face of bat, not watching the ball, dodgy temperament); I also feel that, today's performance notwithstanding, there would be no harm in dropping Root down the order (after all he should have been out to a regulation catch for 8), and reinstating Compton or Carberry. I like the look of Ballance (although it would be yet another South African/Zimbabwean in the batting line up ... and another adoptive Yorshireman!).

  • MartinC on July 20, 2013, 21:08 GMT

    If its a minor strain it's a 7 to 10 days recovery and with aggressive treatment KP will be fine for the next Test. If its more serious it's a 3 or 4 weeks timetable - but if it was that serious I doubt KP could have batted on it. I expect him to play at Old Trafford.

    If he can't play it will be one of Taylor or Ballance and I would probably go with Ballance. England will not play 2 spinners - they are firm on the 6 batsmen and 4 bowlers format anyway so if they did go with 2 spinners it would be Bressnan who would step down.

  • BRUTALANALYST on July 20, 2013, 20:50 GMT

    I'd have to replace him with Carberry no doubt. KP has to be replaced with a like for like attacking batsman to slot in between Trott and Bell and Carberry is the ebst choice he also comes off a 100 and has some all but brief international experience I don't think it's right to add another youngster thrown in the deep end of an Ashes series for all you "Ballance" guys . . .

  • on July 20, 2013, 20:47 GMT

    Whoever comes in to replace KP must slot in at no.4. They shouldn't risk disturbing a lot of positions for the guy coming in. If Compton comes in that's where he hes to bat.

    I don't know much about Taylor or Ballance but sounds like either could succeed. I'm not sure Bopara or Morgan is the way to go. England have tried both enough times and I think its clear by now they are not suitable for the test format. Better give one of the in form young guys a go.

  • on July 20, 2013, 20:39 GMT

    This could be a blessing in disguise as England can now include Simon Kerrigan to partner Graeme Swann for the Old Trafford test without having to drop a batsman or a bowler to make room. Cook, Root, Trott, Bell, Bairstow and Prior will get more than enough runs anyway, so why not look to the future, to the man who will eventually replace Swann as England's spinner?

  • SDHM on July 20, 2013, 20:17 GMT

    Got to be Taylor or Ballance. Bopara's side strain means he no longer has his bowling to put him forward and if Morgan even comes into the reckoning having not played any first class cricket in ages something's wrong with the system. Taylor & Ballance in the best form - Taylor probably the next cab off the rank, Ballance provides a different option, being left handed and capable of putting together a good innings or going berserk. Unleash another young Lion and watch them fly.

  • landl47 on July 20, 2013, 20:13 GMT

    I'm not sure when KP picked up his injury, since he fielded to the end of the Aus innings (and indeed caught the last man with a running, not limping, catch). It doesn't seem to have been a particularly serious injury, so hopefully he'll be OK for Old Trafford. However, even without his runs in this test, England would still be 559 ahead, so I think they'll be OK.

    I'm with Trickstar- as a replacement I think Gary Ballance is the best young bat in the country. Good, compact technique, more shots than Taylor and a first-class average of 52. He's one of several that have been working with Gooch and no doubt Gooch's assessment will be a major factor in the decision.

  • centaurus18 on July 20, 2013, 20:09 GMT

    Pick a man in form - which would mean a choice between Adil Rashid, James Taylor and Gary Ballance. Bopara is injured is he not?

  • pyomri on July 20, 2013, 19:54 GMT

    James Taylor is good enough, are any of our all rounders really up to the mark? It would be good to see another real Brit playing for England, at least we only have one import, Compton amongst the other suggestions. We need to nurture and develop our own players rather than poaching them from SA!

  • Trickstar on July 20, 2013, 19:49 GMT

    @Subhash Venugopalan How's Bairstow not a long term prospect? seriously he's got everything to suggest he is. Played very well against SA with 96 and a 50 odd, he's done well so far this series, much better than some of the big names. Sounds to me you like don't have a clue what you're talking about, especially if you're putting Thakor's name forward. Who's a good prospect but at this stage he's only that, a prospect. He's at least 2 years away from playing international cricket at best. His batting isn't good enough atm and nether is his bowling. Have you even seen Shiv play? because I doubt you have if you're putting his name forward. England aren't exactly in need of a 5th bowler anyway, if they need one they can turn to Root.

  • browners76 on July 20, 2013, 19:29 GMT

    Bring in an all rounder, Stokes or Rashid and move Bell and Bairstow up a slot.

  • whatawicket on July 20, 2013, 19:27 GMT

    10 or 11 days till the next test would think he has enough time. but will they miss him perhaps but not on his form in this test.

  • 2.14istherunrate on July 20, 2013, 19:25 GMT

    Surely a calf strain can clear up in 10 days. In any case new improved Old Trafford would not be the same without KP.

  • on July 20, 2013, 19:21 GMT

    Wish KP gets fit in time for the 3rd test - either ways, I think the selectors to bring in Shiv Thakor into the test side. If KP is unfit, Shiv could slot in at no 4 else he could replace Jonny Bairstow who clearly is not a long term test prospect. Shiv Thakor's bowling would be useful too and England clearly need the fifth bowling option as cover in the long term.

  • Lmaotsetung on July 20, 2013, 19:19 GMT

    Taylor might finally get the shot he deserves. Been playing well this season and no other batsman are knocking on the door.

  • notimeforcricket on July 20, 2013, 19:18 GMT

    Compton deserves the chance to slot in - no 4 or no. 3 with Trott dropping down to 4. That is the fairest option. Otherwise Taylor or Bopara

  • notimeforcricket on July 20, 2013, 19:18 GMT

    Compton deserves the chance to slot in - no 4 or no. 3 with Trott dropping down to 4. That is the fairest option. Otherwise Taylor or Bopara

  • Lmaotsetung on July 20, 2013, 19:19 GMT

    Taylor might finally get the shot he deserves. Been playing well this season and no other batsman are knocking on the door.

  • on July 20, 2013, 19:21 GMT

    Wish KP gets fit in time for the 3rd test - either ways, I think the selectors to bring in Shiv Thakor into the test side. If KP is unfit, Shiv could slot in at no 4 else he could replace Jonny Bairstow who clearly is not a long term test prospect. Shiv Thakor's bowling would be useful too and England clearly need the fifth bowling option as cover in the long term.

  • 2.14istherunrate on July 20, 2013, 19:25 GMT

    Surely a calf strain can clear up in 10 days. In any case new improved Old Trafford would not be the same without KP.

  • whatawicket on July 20, 2013, 19:27 GMT

    10 or 11 days till the next test would think he has enough time. but will they miss him perhaps but not on his form in this test.

  • browners76 on July 20, 2013, 19:29 GMT

    Bring in an all rounder, Stokes or Rashid and move Bell and Bairstow up a slot.

  • Trickstar on July 20, 2013, 19:49 GMT

    @Subhash Venugopalan How's Bairstow not a long term prospect? seriously he's got everything to suggest he is. Played very well against SA with 96 and a 50 odd, he's done well so far this series, much better than some of the big names. Sounds to me you like don't have a clue what you're talking about, especially if you're putting Thakor's name forward. Who's a good prospect but at this stage he's only that, a prospect. He's at least 2 years away from playing international cricket at best. His batting isn't good enough atm and nether is his bowling. Have you even seen Shiv play? because I doubt you have if you're putting his name forward. England aren't exactly in need of a 5th bowler anyway, if they need one they can turn to Root.

  • pyomri on July 20, 2013, 19:54 GMT

    James Taylor is good enough, are any of our all rounders really up to the mark? It would be good to see another real Brit playing for England, at least we only have one import, Compton amongst the other suggestions. We need to nurture and develop our own players rather than poaching them from SA!

  • centaurus18 on July 20, 2013, 20:09 GMT

    Pick a man in form - which would mean a choice between Adil Rashid, James Taylor and Gary Ballance. Bopara is injured is he not?

  • landl47 on July 20, 2013, 20:13 GMT

    I'm not sure when KP picked up his injury, since he fielded to the end of the Aus innings (and indeed caught the last man with a running, not limping, catch). It doesn't seem to have been a particularly serious injury, so hopefully he'll be OK for Old Trafford. However, even without his runs in this test, England would still be 559 ahead, so I think they'll be OK.

    I'm with Trickstar- as a replacement I think Gary Ballance is the best young bat in the country. Good, compact technique, more shots than Taylor and a first-class average of 52. He's one of several that have been working with Gooch and no doubt Gooch's assessment will be a major factor in the decision.