Kevin Pietersen told to rest up until the New Year
Kevin Pietersen is unlikely to play cricket again until the New Year after the ECB told his club side Surrey that he must not play for the rest of the campaign, insisting the batsman must rest.
Pietersen was omitted from England's one-day squad for the forthcoming one-day series against India, which starts on Saturday in Durham, with the ECB conscious of their 'workload management' policy.
Surrey play a CB40 semi-final against Sus+++ on Sunday but have been told that Pietersen must sit it out in order to avoid burn-out. The South Africa-born player is also nursing an injured left wrist - a problem which required a cortisone injection before the fourth Test against India.
With Pietersen's next appearance likely to be against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates in January, some have questioned whether he figures in England's future one-day setup - a sentiment not supported by 50-over captain Alastair Cook.
"Kevin's omission is part of our policy of monitoring the workload of players," Cook told the Daily Mail.
"He also has a wrist injury that has to be sorted out. It gives a fantastic opportunity for someone else at four but Kevin is very much part of our one-day future."