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Kevin Pietersen ruled out of ICC Champions Trophy

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Kevin Pietersen will take no part in this summer's ICC Champions Trophy as he continues his recovery from a serious knee injury, the England and Wales Cricket Board have confirmed.

The 32-year-old missed the third Test with New Zealand in March after suffering significant bone bruising, before being forced to sit out of the return series against the Black Caps, which begins next month.

It was hoped that Pietersen would be able to return in time for the Champions Trophy in June, but the batsman will now miss the competition after a scan on Wednesday concluded he will not recover in time for the tournament.

"The scan has shown some improvement in the bruising to the bone that occurred in the build up to the Test series against New Zealand in February," read a statement from the ECB.

"However, Pietersen will not have recovered sufficiently in time for the one-day series against New Zealand beginning 31 May and the Champions Trophy which follows.

"Pietersen will now start a graduated rehabilitation program with a view to resuming full training by the middle of June."

Pietersen tweeted his disappointment at the injury setback, claiming his current knee issue has 'been hurting [him] the most'.

An extended spell of rehabilitation for Pietersen was encouraged by Andy Flower following the drawn series in New Zealand, with the England coach desperate for the player to be fully fit for back-to-back Ashes series.

Australia announced their squad for the tour of England on Wednesday, with the first Test set to begin on July 10, and veteran wicketkeeper Brad Haddin returns to take on vice-captain duties under skipper Michael Clarke.

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