Cricket: Pietersen set to miss NZ tests

Kevin Pietersen. Photo / Getty Images
Kevin Pietersen. Photo / Getty Images

England batsman Kevin Pietersen looks likely to miss next month's home test series against the Black Caps as he continues to recover from a knee injury.

Pietersen suffered the injury during a warm-up match in Queenstown on the recent tour of New Zealand which forced him out of the dramatic final test at Eden Park.

At the time it was initially thought he would miss six to eight weeks which would have meant he'd be fit in time for the first test at Lord's starting on May 16. The second test will take place at Headingley in Leeds starting May 28.

The Telegraph reports that the England medical staff will meet later this week to discuss Pietersen's injury with the likelihood he will be given more time to be fit for the Champions Trophy tournament.

England are hosts of the Champions Trophy, part of a busy summer for the English team which is behind the likely decision to give Pietersen more time to recover.

The two match test series against the Black Caps will be followed by three ODIs before the Champions Trophy tournament and then two Twenty20s against Brendon McCullum's men.

England then host Australia in a five test Ashes series from July 10.

Spin bowler Graeme Swann is also unlikely to recover from an elbow injury in time for the New Zealand tests.

- nzherald.co.nz

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