London - Star England batsman Kevin Pietersen
has been ruled out of next month's home Test series with New Zealand
due to a knee injury, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said on
The 32-year-old had already been ruled out of the final
Test match away to New Zealand due to the persistent problem in his
He was originally expected to miss six to eight weeks and has now been discounted from the two-match series.
(Pietersen) has been ruled out of the Investec Test series vs
@BLACKCAPS (New Zealand) as he continues his recovery from bone bruising
to his right knee," said the ECB on their @ECB_cricket Twitter feed.
"Pietersen will have a repeat scan next week to determine when he is able to resume training."
Surrey and Delhi Daredevils right-hander first suffered pain in his
knee during a warm-up game in New Zealand before the drawn away test
series in March.
The talented batsman was withdrawn from the 2013
Indian Premier League season, which takes place in April and May, due to
the injury which consists of bruising on the bone and cartilage damage
in the kneecap.
The South African born player only returned to the
England fold in October following a controversial spat with ex-England
captain Andrew Strauss.
He had been cast into international exile
last August after sending text messages to touring South African players
criticising then-captain Strauss.