Miller - No chances with KP
England would have rested Kevin Pietersen for the ODI series against Bangladesh, even before he injured his thigh against Australia.
Last Updated: 04/07/10 7:31pm
England would have rested Kevin Pietersen for the NatWest Series against Bangladesh, even before he injured his thigh against Australia.
After his duck in the final NatWest Series match at Lord's, Pietersen has gone 16 one-day internationals without a 50 - and averages barely 18 in 11 innings since his comeback from Achilles surgery last autumn.
Yet England's selectors judged a break from the firing line, rather than taking up an opportunity to score overdue runs, would be best for the number three batsman. "We would have rested him (anyway)," national selector Geoff Miller confirmed to Sky Sports News.
Despite Pietersen's run without a significant score - remarkably, for a batsman of his stature, stretching back to late 2008 - Miller has little doubt that he will end his drought soon.
"We know what his qualities are," Miller added. "Everybody is concerned when a batter is not getting runs, similarly when a bowler is not getting wickets or not bowling well.
"But we know very well he is very capable of getting big runs, and they will be just round the corner."
Miller reports Pietersen's injury is not thought to be a serious one, explaining England are not willing to take undue risks with a hectic schedule about to start, leading up to next winter's Ashes and then the World Cup.
"The situation is he has a niggle, which we are very wary about," he said.
"I think it is a minor injury. But we are obviously wary, because there is a lot of cricket coming up over the rest of the summer and the winter as well.
"I am sure he will be all right [for the forthcoming npower Test series against Pakistan] but can't say that categorically at this stage. I think it is a slight one as opposed to a major one.
"We are just being cautious. I think he will be all right in the very near future."