England and Surrey batsman Kevin Pietersen has been ruled out of the remaining Test against New Zealand commencing Friday March 22 due to an injury to his right knee. Pietersen experienced knee pain while fielding in preparation for the 4-day game in Queenstown earlier this month, ahead of the Test series. This has failed to resolve satisfactorily.
Recent scans confirm an injury to the right knee with bone bruising and possible cartilage damage to the kneecap. The 32 year old will return to the UK for further investigations and specialist review. The injury is likely to require ongoing assessments and a likely 6-8 week period of rest and rehabilitation. Pietersen has therefore been withdrawn from all cricket including the Indian Premier League.