Wednesday 14 August 2013 

Pietersen Fit For Final Ashes Test

Kevin Pietersen in action at Chester-le-Street
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England batsman Kevin Pietersen has been passed fit to play in the fifth and final Ashes Test after undergoing a precautionary scan on his right knee.

He underwent the scan as part of an ongoing monitoring process following the bone bruising injury he suffered in February.

That injury ruled him out of the Indian Premier League, the Champions Trophy and the home Test and One-Day International series against New Zealand.

He was only able to play in one first-class match, in which he hit a century for Surrey against Yorkshire, before the Ashes and missed the end of the Lord's Test with a calf strain.

The powerful right-hander scored a dominant century in the third Test at Old Trafford, a draw in which helped England retain the Ashes.

He had been an injury doubt ahead of that game, however, and Nottinghamshire's James Taylor was called up as cover only to be released once Pietersen was fit enough to play.

The final Ashes Test gets underway at The Oval on 21st August.

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