England on the drift

England pushed out after Pietersen injury news

Sky Bet have pushed out England's odds to win the third and final Test against New Zealand on the back of the news that Kevin Pietersen will miss the decider with a knee injury.

The former England skipper has been ruled out of action for up to eight weeks with suspected ligament damage so misses the decisive Test in Auckland and the upcoming sixth edition of the Indian Premier League.

Pietersen's absence prompted the online bookmaker to push England's odds to win the clash out from 4/7 to 8/13. The draw remains 9/4 with New Zealand 6/1 to pull off a surprise victory.

After New Zealand had the better of a drawn first Test in Dunedin, heavy rain denied Alastair Cook's men a chance of victory in the second Test in Wellington, with England in a strong position, leaving the series all square with one match to play.

Warm weather is predicted for the third Test at Eden Park and Sky Bet are reporting plenty of support for the tourists to wrap up a series win as they continue their Ashes preparations.

Sky Bet Cricket Trader Tom Warburton said: "Pietersen's loss is a major blow to England's chances of victory but they still remain strong favourites to win the match.

"With good weather forecast for all five days, punters feel that England will maintain the momentum from their domination of the second Test into this deciding match."

Strike bowler James Anderson has declared himself fit to start after an indifferent display in Wellington and is the 7/4 favourite to take the most first innings wickets.

Meanwhile, Nick Compton, who is bidding for a third successive century, is a 4/1 shot to be England's top run scorer.