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Pietersen injury rules him out of IPL

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That’s got to hurt. Kevin Pietersen’s knee cartilage would appear to have cost him over a million dollars. The England batsman will be out of cricket for the next couple of months to recover from the injury. This means he will miss the last Test of the New Zealand tour, but of more interest to Pietersen’s accountant will be the fact that the injury rules the player out of the Indian Premier League. Pietersen had a $1.3 million deal to play for Delhi Daredevils.

The ECB announced the news in a statement. "Recent scans confirm an injury to the right knee with bone bruising and possible cartilage damage to the kneecap. The injury is likely to require ongoing assessments and a likely six- to eight-week period of rest and rehabilitation."

It’s possible Pietersen may be fit to face New Zealand again in the return series which starts in England on May 16. He should certainly be back in action for the Champions Trophy and the Ashes in the summer.

Rehabilitation will at least be a familiar word to the batsman. That was the term used to describe his return to the England team after his spectacular falling out with the national side in 2012. It seemed to have worked out well, although Pietersen had yet to show his most aggressive batting against the Kiwis.

It leaves England, needing to win the last Test to avoid a stalemate, with a batting dilemma. Jonny Bairstow will replace Pietersen in the side, but the middle order might need a little rejigging. Ian Bell is likely to move up to Pietersen’s number four position. It represents an opportunity for Bairstow to reassert his claims after being overtaken by Nick Compton and Joe Root in the queue for a Test place.

Pietersen, meanwhile, will be checking the fine print of his insurance policy, wondering if he can make a claim for around £700,000.

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