Apr 162013

Published: 10:25PM Tuesday April 16, 2013 Source: Reuters

Knee injury forces Pietersen out of Black Caps Tests (Source: Reuters)

Kevin Pietersen heads back to the pavilion. – Source: Reuters

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England batsman Kevin Pietersen will miss next month’s two-match Test series at home against the Black Caps because of a knee injury.

Pietersen injured his right knee during fielding practice in the away series in New Zealand last month, and was unable to play in the third and final Test.

“Kevin Pietersen has been ruled out of the upcoming Test series against New Zealand, as he continues his recovery from significant bone bruising to his right knee,” the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said .

“He will have a repeat scan next week to determine when he is able to resume training.”

The injury also ruled Pietersen out of the Indian Premier League.

England, who face home-and-away Ashes series against Australia this year, face New Zealand at Lord’s, starting on May 16, with the second Test starting on May 24 at Leeds.

All three Test matches in New Zealand ended in draws.

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