New Zealand v England: Kevin Pietersen ruled out with knee injury
Kevin Pietersen is ruled out of England’s third and final Test against New Zealand due to an injury to his right knee
Kevin Pietersen has been ruled out of England’s third and final Test against New Zealand due to an injury to his right knee.
An ECB statement said that the Surrey batsman “experienced knee pain while fielding in preparation for the four-day game in Queenstown earlier this month, ahead of the Test series” and that the problem “has failed to resolve satisfactorily”.
Recent scans confirmed an injury to his right knee, with bone bruising and possible cartilage damage to the kneecap.
The 32-year-old will return to the UK for further investigations and specialist review. The injury is likely to require ongoing assessments and a likely six to eight week period of rest and rehabilitation.
Pietersen has been withdrawn from all cricket, including the Indian Premier League, where he was to play with the Delhi Daredevils.
Pietersen scored a duck and 12 in the first Test against New Zealand, but improved with 73 in his only innings in the drawn second Test in Wellington.
The third Test gets under way in Auckland on Thursday, with the series currently level.