Pietersen injury a growing concern for England

April 30, 2013 at 9:47 am 1 comment

Kevin Pietersen’s chances of playing any part in the Ashes series this summer are slowly fading after the talismanic batsman revealed he will not play for England during the ICC Champions Trophy this summer.

Pietersen, 32, has been plagued by a knee injury this spring after bruising to the bone kept him out of England’s third Test in New Zealand in March and despite the immediate prognosis indicating a speedy recovery his situation has so far failed to improve.

He was already scheduled to miss England’s reverse Test series with the Kiwis this early summer and has sat out of Delhi Daredevils’ entire IPL season, yet this further withdrawal should seriously concern England cricket fans.

For if Pietersen is not fit to play the ICC Champions Trophy or any of England’s ODI games with New Zealand then Alastair Cook will have a man unfit and out of focus heading into an important Ashes showdown.

Pietersen was one of the shining lights when England defended the Urn in Australia in 2010/11 and his place in the middle order is vital to any success.

In 17 Ashes Tests between 2005 and 2011 the right-hander has an impressive 52.71 batting average and hit three centuries. He has been an ever present in the England side throughout their rise in fortunes during the modern era and that magnificent 227 at Adelaide in 2010 will go down as one of England’s finest ever batting performances.

Unfortunately we are unlikely to witness a repeat performance this summer if Pietersen cannot fully recover in time to get some first-class practice under his belt before the opening delivery on 10 July.

Australia have named a relatively weak travelling squad for the Ashes and this should convince England betting fans to back their nation heavily for the win, although whether or not Pietersen will have a say in the matter is sadly yet to be decided.

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Entry filed under: Australia, Cricket, England, Pietersen.

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Adithya  |  May 3, 2013 at 5:54 am

    This is sad. Hope he recovers soon!


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