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Pietersen Out of Final Cricket Test With New Zealand With Injury

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March 20 (Bloomberg) -- England batsman Kevin Pietersen will miss the final cricket Test in the series with New Zealand because of an injury to his right knee.

The 32-year-old hurt the joint during fielding practice earlier this month and scans found bone bruising and possible cartilage damage, the England and Wales Cricket Board said today in an e-mailed statement.

“The injury is likely to require ongoing assessments and a likely 6-8 week period of rest and rehabilitation,” the ECB said in the statement. “Pietersen has therefore been withdrawn from all cricket including the Indian Premier League.”

The final Test between England and New Zealand starts in two days in Auckland, with the first two matches ending in draws. New Zealand, which has lost eight of its past 13 elite five-day matches, last won a series against England 14 years ago.

England is also missing spin bowler Graeme Swann, who started two months of rehabilitation after an operation to remove excess bone formation in his right elbow earlier this month.

The 33-year-old Swann, whose 212 Test wickets are the second-most by an England spinner, was ruled out of the series with New Zealand and had surgery in the U.S.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Christopher Elser at celser@bloomberg.net

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