Saturday 20 July 2013 

Pietersen Sidelined For Lord's Finale

Kevin Pietersen took two catches on day two at Lord's but will not feature on the final two days
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England batsman Kevin Pietersen will play no further part in the second Ashes Test against Australia at Lord's after scans revealed a calf strain.

He was not present during England's warm-ups ahead of day three having been dismissed late on day two and was later seen on the balcony at the home cricket with his left leg heavily strapped.

"Kevin Pietersen will not take to the field for the remainder of the second Investec Ashes Test with a scan today whowing he has a left calf strain," a statement from the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) confirmed.

"Kevin will continue to be monitored and he will be assessed ahead of the third Test commencing Thursday 1st August."

Pietersen had only just returned to full fitness following a knee injury that ruled him out of the Indian Premier League and the Champions Trophy, only playing one first-class match for Surrey prior to the first Test.

In 2009, he also suffered an injury during the second Test at Lord's, an Achilles problem subsequently ruling him out of the remainder of the series.

Should this calf problem prove as serious, England will be forced to shuffle their batting order once again, with players such as Nick Compton, Ben Stokes and James Taylor likely to be in contention for a place in the squad.

Compton was dropped ahead of the series to accommodate both Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow in the same team, Taylor played one Test against South Africa last year while Stokes trained with the team ahead of the Lord's Test.

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