Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

England Turn to Morgan as KP Loses Injury Battle; Cricket Correspondent Cricket Brought to You in Association With

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

England Turn to Morgan as KP Loses Injury Battle; Cricket Correspondent Cricket Brought to You in Association With

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Byline: Tom Collomosse

EOIN MORGAN is ready to link up with England's World Cup squad before Friday's game with Bangladesh after Kevin Pietersen was ruled out of the competition with a hernia problem.

Pietersen was due to return to England today for surgery. The batsman had hoped to battle through the remainder of the tournament before undergoing an operation but he believes the situation is too severe to allow him to delay treatment.

Pietersen tweeted that he was "devastated" to be leaving after helping his team-mates to a six-run victory over South Africa yesterday, a result that revived England's tournament after their embarrassing defeat by Ireland. The 30-year-old might struggle to be fit for the Indian Premier League next month but hopes to be available for the beginning of the summer Test series against Sri Lanka on May 26.

Andy Flower was disappointed that Pietersen felt unable to grit his teeth and carry on playing through the pain. "The medical advice was that he could get through the tournament," said the England coach.

"The hernia problem wasn't going to get significantly worse so we hoped he would take pain killers, bite the bullet and get through the tournament.

"Unfortunately he says the pain is too debilitating and he can't go on like that, so it's a simple decision to replace him."

Tournament rules mean England can bring in a replacement -- and Morgan is their choice. The Irishman would have been in the original 15-man party for the tournament but suffered damage to the middle finger of his left hand during England's one-day series against Australia.

Morgan has recovered more quickly than expected, however, and although he might not be included on Friday, his presence enhances England's chances should they manage to qualify for the knock-out stages. The 24-year-old's range of shots and even temperament make him one of the most dangerous batsmen in the limited-overs game. …

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