England Cricket: Pietersen back after injection

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Kevin Pietersen has been reunited with the England squad in Sydney after undergoing a cortisone injection in his knee.

The star batsman underwent the injection after feeling discomfort during England’s draw with Australia A.

Pietersen is expected to feature in England’s final warm-up game ahead of the Ashes series against New South Wales XI on Wednesday, with the first Ashes Test set to begin on November 21.

The 33-year-old has scored 7,887 Test runs, averaging 48.38, but there have been concerns over the last 12 months regarding his troublesome knee.

He needed an injection in it between the fourth and fifth Ashes Tests over the summer and has also had to have cortisone injections on spine and Achilles problems in the past.

He was forced to fly home from last winter’s tour of New Zealand due to his knee, and he missed both the home and away series against the Black Caps, as well as the Champions Trophy at the start of the year.

Speaking about the problem, England coach Andy Flower said: “I don’t think it’s going to be a huge issue. He’s had a couple of these injections before, and they’ve been successful [and] quietened the problem down.

“It’s obviously an ongoing issue for him but we anticipate this one being successful and anticipate him playing a full part in the Ashes tour.”

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