KP winning fitness race

Hampshire batsman responds to antibiotics

By Graeme Mair.   Last Updated: 08/08/07 12:27pm

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Pietersen: back in training

Pietersen: back in training

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England batsman Kevin Pietersen is set to play in the decisivie final Test against India after coming through training on Wednesday morning unscathed.

Pietersen missed Tuesday's training session due to a chest infection, but has responded well to a course of antibiotics and looks set to be fit enough to take his place in the starting XI on Thursday.

The Hampshire batsman has played 29 consecutive Tests since making his debut against Australia in July 2005.

Captain Michael Vaughan confirmed: "He's had a net, he didn't take part in the run around and fielding drills but he'll be fine to go into tomorrow's game.

"I think it was just a virus he picked up on the golf course and he's on antibiotics and he feels fine so he should be okay.

"It was slightly worrying yesterday when I heard he'd got a virus but the doctor said straight away that as long as he got his tablets down him he'd be okay.

"It's obviously better seeing him here today having a bat and hearing his words saying he's fine for tomorrow.

"It's a big relief for the team because he's such an important player."

Stuart Broad also trained with the squad on Wednesday having been excused the previous day to play in Leicestershire's Pro40 match against Derbyshire.

Fast bowler Broad is likely to again be 12th man with the hosts set to name an unchanged team at the Oval.

England are 1-0 down in the series and must win to preserve an unbeaten home record that stretches back six years.


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