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Pietersen’s injury row takes another twist

London, May 23 (ANI): England all rounder Kevin Pietersen’s injury row took another twist when skipper Andrew Strauss revealed that he first felt the problem in the Caribbean.

Pietersen has pulled out of the three-match NatWest Series against West Indies because of a sore Achilles.

England’s two highest-profile players, Pietersen and Andrew Flintoff, are both currently sidelined with the World Twenty20 only two weeks away.

Both have already been criticised for playing in the mega-bucks IPL. And the heat will increase on Pietersen following captain Strauss’ revelation.

Speaking ahead of tomorrow’s second one-dayer against the Windies at Bristol, Strauss said: “The first time Kevin mentioned the injury was in the West Indies. It wasn’t considered a big issue until it flared up again during the Second Test in Durham and he was feeling pretty sore.”

“The medical staff feels 10 days’ rest will do him the world of good. I don’t feel the IPL affected this injury in any way. Players can pick up injuries anywhere and it was a shame in Flintoff’s case he picked up one in the IPL,” The Sun quoted him, as saying.

“It’s so hard to second-guess whether Flintoff would have been injured anyway. Thankfully, there is plenty of time before the Ashes. There’s no need to panic,” he added. (ANI)

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