Set to miss out on the entire Indian Premier League, Kevin Pietersen has to make do with getting fit again ahead of England’s first Test against Sri Lanka in Cardiff, which gets going on May 26.
Having moved from the Bangalore Royal Challengers to the Deccan Chargers for the IPL and left Hampshire for Surrey in county competition, Pietersen will play for neither across the duration of April and most of May as he recovers from a double hernia.
The talented batsman was ruled out of the bulk of England’s World Cup campaign, which eventually ended with defeat in the quarter-finals, and has since been biding his time with Surrey photo shoots and on the physiotherapist’s table.
“If I was fully fit I’d be on a plane tomorrow back to India for the IPL, which I’m really going miss. It’s a great tournament and would have been a really good lead up into the Test series, having played international standard cricket,” he told Surrey TV.
Pietersen’s departure from the World Cup was met with relative criticism from coach Andy Flower and fans alike, who had hoped the right-hander would play through the discomfort for the rest of the ODI showpiece.
“I just couldn’t run anymore,” added Pietersen.
“I thought I had just one hernia which I knew about on the left hand side, but I found out I had a double when the surgeon opened me up. So it was no surprise I couldn’t run and no surprise the painkillers weren’t working.” Cricket365