England v New Zealand: Kevin Pietersen ruled out of two-Test series
England v New Zealand: Kevin Pietersen is ruled out of England's two-Test series against the Black Caps in May with a knee injury
Kevin Pietersen has been ruled out of England’s forthcoming two-Test series with New Zealand as he continues his recovery from significant bone bruising to his right knee.
The 32-year-old was forced to fly home from the winter tour of New Zealand after aggravating the injury during the first Test in Dunedin but was expected to be fit for the home series against the Black Caps, which begins on 16 May.
The injury also meant that Pietersen had to withdraw from the lucrative Indian Premier League, in which he had a £1.3m contract with the Delhi Daredevils.
It has been confirmed that Pietersen will have a repeat scan next week to determine when he is able to resume training but it is unlikely the ECB will force him back into action too early with the a busy few months ahead.
On Tuesday morning, the South African-born batting star vented his injury frustrations on Twitter.
Injuries are a sportsman’s worst nightmare! This one is hurting me the most..
— Kevin Pietersen (@kevinpp24) April 16, 2013
The news means that Yorkshire’s Jonny Bairstow may once again be given the opportunity to impress in the middle-order but the ECB selectors have yet to name the squad for the series with the Black Caps, which also involves three ODIs.
While there are still concerns over the fitness of Graeme Swann, there was better news on Monday when it was confirmed Tim Bresnan would play for Yorkshire this week in a three-day friendly against Lancashire.