KP out of Ashes series
Kevin Pietersen will miss the rest of the Ashes series after having surgery on his Achilles tendon injury.
Last Updated: 23/07/09 8:06am
Kevin Pietersen will miss the rest of the Ashes series after having surgery on his Achilles tendon injury, the England and Wales Cricket Board announced on Wednesday.
Pietersen was visibly struggling with the injury during the second Test victory at Lord's, and was sent to see a specialist to try and find a way to complete the series.
However, after playing in 54 consecutive Tests for England, Pietersen will now miss out on the final three Ashes Tests this summer.
"As an England cricketer the Ashes are the pinnacle of the game so I'm absolutely devastated to be missing the rest of this series," Pietersen said in a statement on the ECB website.
"Up until now the Achilles injury has been manageable but it recently reached the point where we needed to look at other options in terms of treatment.
"I hate missing matches for England and especially during an Ashes summer but now that the decision has been made to undergo surgery I'm confident I can return to the England team injury-free following a course of rehabilitation.
"I was pleased with the previous course of treatment as it allowed me to take part in this Ashes series but unfortunately the injury has recently deteriorated.
"To leave a winning dressing room at this time is heart breaking but it wouldn't be fair to the team or myself to continue given the severity of the injury. I'll be supporting the team closely and wish them the best of luck as they look to build on the brilliant win at Lord's and reclaim the Ashes."
The ECB's chief medical officer, Nick Peirce, said that surgery was the only way forward for Pietersen, who will miss all forms of cricket for up to six weeks.
"Following a consultation, involving scans and testing, with the world's leading Achilles specialist Kevin Pietersen today underwent surgery on his right Achilles tendon," Peirce said in a statement.
"Kevin will look to undertake a comprehensive rehabilitation programme to ensure there is no risk of recurrence. This is expected to be approximately six weeks but will be taken at an appropriate pace following constant review.
"Despite conventional conservative treatments to the tendon with trial periods of rest and rehabilitation, Kevin continued to be in significant discomfort and is currently unable to run or even walk comfortably.
"He had a strong desire to get through the Ashes series but despite this he has recently been unable to achieve a maximum level of performance.
"A number of short-term measures were considered but having been reviewed by the specialist, who flew into London from Sweden specifically, it was felt that anything else would put the tendon at risk and jeopardise his long term recovery."
England now face a big selection issue for the third Test at Edgbaston, but Ian Bell would have to be the favourite to make a return to the side in his place.