Pietersen out of deciding Test

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Updated: March 20, 2013

Kevin Pietersen has been ruled out of the third and deciding Test against New Zealand beginning on Friday due to a recurring knee injury.

Pietersen injured his right knee earlier this month while taking part in fielding practice and scans have revealed bone bruising and possible cartilage damage.

The ECB said in a statement on Wednesday, “The injury is likely to require ongoing assessments and a likely 6-8 week period of rest and rehabilitation,” the ECB said in a statement.

“Pietersen has therefore been withdrawn from all cricket including the Indian Premier League.”