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Pietersen fit for England's final Ashes warm-up

ESPN staff
November 12, 2013
Pietersen felt pain during the opening warm-up against Australia A © Getty Images

Kevin Pietersen will play in England's final Ashes warm-up match after recovering from a knee injury.

Pietersen sparked concern on Saturday when he needed an injection after feeling pain in his problematic right knee in the last match against Australia A.

He has only faced 10 deliveries in competitive cricket on the tour so far, having sat out the opening match in Perth before falling lbw to Trent Copeland against Australia A. Even though Pietersen has rarely been a player to put huge value in warm-up matches - and particularly the runs scored - it is certainly a meagre volume of time to have spent in the middle before the first Test of an Ashes series.

He and the rest of the England team were forced to train indoors again at the SCG on Tuesday as the rain, which has hampered their preparations, continued to linger over Sydney although the forecast for Wednesday and Thursday is much improved.

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