England cricketer Kevin Pietersen will not be in the international side when they take part in the ICC Champions Trophy, as the batsman has pulled up with a knee injury. Kevin Pietersen is a crucial part of the England team and he has already missed out on playing in the third Test against New Zealand in March as his bone had serious bruising. This week, Pietersen had a scan on his damaged knee and to make matters worse, he will now be forced to skip the one-day internationals and ICC Champions Trophy.
On the positive side, the Englishman could be back around mid-June meaning he should be able to play in the Ashes which start on the 10th July. The Cricket Board announced, “The scan has shown some improvement in the bruising to the bone that occurred in the build-up to the Test series against New Zealand in February. However, Kevin Pietersen will not have recovered sufficiently in time for the one-day series against New Zealand beginning 31st May and the Champions Trophy which follows. Pietersen will now start a graduated rehabilitation program with a view to resuming full training by the middle of June.”
Kevin Pietersen is going to need to rest for now and soon he can begin to slowly get back into playing cricket, but he certainly won’t want to damage the knee injury even further. This is a crucial time of the year for England as they host the Champions Trophy tournament and then compete in a five Test Ashes series against Australia. The build-up for the Ashes is getting the cricket fans more and more excited and they are going to want Pietersen in the team, so England have the best chance of claiming the little Ashes urn.
Author Daniel Foster.
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