The Investec Ashes 2013 August 14, 2013

Pietersen undergoes scan on knee


Kevin Pietersen has had a precautionary scan on his troublesome right knee but remains available for selection for the final Ashes Test at The Oval.

The ECB said the scan was part of the "ongoing monitoring process" Pietersen has been undergoing since the batsman returned from the tour of New Zealand with bone bruising in his knee. The problem ruled him out of the final Test in Auckland and the return series against New Zealand as well as the Champions Trophy.

The ECB statement added: "Kevin remains available for selection for the fifth Investec Ashes Test and will continue to receive treatment on his right knee as part of his rehabilitation programme over the course of remainder of the series and beyond."

With England 3-0 up in the Ashes there could be an opportunity to rest Pietersen even if, under other circumstances, he would be able to get through a Test, although Andy Flower, the team director, has already said he will be "fine". Flower previously confirmed that Pietersen would not be available to Surrey for the Friends Life t20 finals day on Saturday.

"He will be rested because of a couple of the niggles he has," Flower said on Tuesday. "I have spoken with [Surrey's interim coach] Alec Stewart about that. It would have been nice to have made him available but injuries have meant that he can't be. We're just resting his knee and calf.

"He has played four Test matches now and this is an opportunity to rest. We try to be as fair to the counties as possible and you might have noticed over the last couple of years that we do try and get them back with their counties where we can. It possibly happens more often than it used to six or seven years go. But in this instance we can't because of injury. He'll be fine for The Oval."

Pietersen was an injury doubt for the third Test at Old Trafford having picked up a calf strain at Lord's, but was passed fit and made a crucial 113 to help England avoid the follow-on and subsequently retain the Ashes in a rain-hit draw.

Speaking after his innings, Pietersen said he was an "old man" now and, following the Test, Flower said that the batsman would have to take extra care about looking after himself during the latter stage of his career. "He's in his early 30s - everything seems to hurt a bit more after long days and big innings," Flower said.

England will name their squad for the final Test on Saturday with the major decision being whether to rest James Anderson who has appeared jaded during the last couple of Tests. Graham Onions has suffered a broken finger which rules him out of contention but there could be a chance of Chris Tremlett, who has been part of the squad for the previous two Tests, being recalled on his home ground.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Jason on August 15, 2013, 8:57 GMT

    @shan156, I agree rest Jimmy, and give Tremlett an opportunity to bowl.

    The only other player I might consider resting is Baistow and play Taylor inorder to check on his development, and introduce a bit more competition into the middle order, as I expect he'll be on the plane to Aus as a back up player, unless he gets a daddy-ton.

  • Shanmugam on August 15, 2013, 6:51 GMT

    At least the bowlers, @Andrew Ibbotson. It would be worse if we win the 5th test but lose Jimmy for the return series. Imagine the gains now, if Eng. manage to beat the Aussies with a young team. Even if we lose, it would still hurt the Aussies that they didn't beat our best side. And, I am positive that the Aussies would have to expend their every bit of energy and skill to beat a young Eng. side. The Aussies aren't that good as everyone wants us to believe.

  • Shanmugam on August 15, 2013, 6:48 GMT

    @daisyhayseed, if McGrath and Warne were not going to retire (from tests at least) after the series in 2006-2007, and if there were a return series in England 3 months later, the Aussies may have rested them, maybe even after the Ashes was won after the 3rd test. 2006-2007 was a different case. Except Adelaide, we hardly offered a fight. Their bowlers didn't exert themselves too much as England never kept them in the field for too long.

  • Dummy4 on August 15, 2013, 5:01 GMT

    If you are going to put in like for like, then Morgan should get KP's place.

  • Aswin on August 15, 2013, 1:32 GMT

    Anderson should be rested for the final test match. It will be balanced out by the fact that Australia's best bowler Ryan Harris might also be rested. With the series in the kitty, this is the ideal chance for England to re-introduce Tremlett and allow Anderson to refresh, because he didnt bowl poorly in last 2 games, he just lacked consistency and venom, but he bowled a few beauties in between. Tremlett coming into the setup would be a good thing with one eye on the bouncy wickets expected in the return series in Australia.

  • Dummy4 on August 14, 2013, 22:41 GMT

    Not sure I agree with those wholesale changes @Shan156. Test match against the Aussies. England want to win. If you mess about with the side and lose, it will give Aussies encouragement. They'll be months of rest before Brisbane anyway.

  • Noel on August 14, 2013, 22:22 GMT

    Instead of massive changes heading into the last test, I would like to see KP or Bairstow replaced with Micheal Carberry, he maybe a little older than other candidates but I like his gung ho approach and I don't see why he wouldn't be an asset as a middle order batsmen with an ability to take a bowling attack apart.

  • Darren on August 14, 2013, 21:32 GMT

    Shan156 - You make some valid points, but I can't remember the Aussies resting players when they had a chance to beat England 5 - 0.

  • Michael on August 14, 2013, 20:57 GMT

    Although its not flowers style I would like to see England rest 2-3 players and test our bench strength going into the return series. With Panesar misbehaving it would be nice to see Kerrigan at least make the final 12. Anderson is clearly jaded and needs to put his feet up now. Tremlett would be the logical choice on his home ground. I would also like to see Taylor given a shot in the middle order. If you never blood these guys then how do you know what strength in depth you have. It's a shame the Lions game wasn't a 4 day affair.