Poms suffer KP blow

Kevin Pietersen will play no further part in the Ashes series after deciding to undergo surgery on his Achilles tendon injury.

Pietersen will be out of action for six weeks, and will therefore miss the last three Ashes Tests.

He is set to be replaced by Ian Bell, who has been in good form for Warwickshire this season, with 640 runs at an average of 80.00 in eight first-class matches.

‘As an England cricketer the Ashes are the pinnacle of the game so I’m absolutely devastated to be missing the rest of this series,’ said Pietersen.

‘Up until now the Achilles injury has been manageable but it recently reached the point where we needed to look at other options in terms of treatment. I hate missing matches for England and especially during an Ashes summer, but now that the decision has been made to undergo surgery I’m confident I can return to the England team injury-free following a course of rehabilitation.

‘I was pleased with the previous course of treatment as it allowed me to take part in this Ashes series but unfortunately the injury has deteriorated recently. To leave a winning dressing room at this time is heartbreaking but it wouldn’t be fair to the team or myself to continue given the severity of the injury. I’ll be supporting the team closely and wish them the best of luck as they look to build on the brilliant win at Lord’s and reclaim the Ashes.’