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Kevin Pietersen has been ruled out of the remainder of the
second Investec Ashes Test at Lord's with a calf strain and
his involvement in the third Test is now in doubt.
Pietersen injured his calf while fielding on the second day
at Lord's and did not warm-up with the England team on the
third morning. He underwent a scan yesterday and will not
field again in the Lord's Test.
He will now be assessed before a decision is made on his
involvement in the third Test at Old Trafford, which begins
Pietersen has recently returned to cricket following a three
month layoff after bruising his knee on England's tour of
New Zealand in March. Pietersen left the tour before the final
Test in Auckland and did not return to action until June 21.
So far, Pietersen has had a quiet Ashes series with 85 runs
in four innings, including two single figure scores at Lord's.
But he did make a composed 64 in the second innings at
Trent Bridge which helped swing the tide of the match back
But now, for the second home Ashes in succession,
Pietersen's availability is in doubt due to injury. He missed
the final three Tests of the 2009 series with an Achilles
There was better news of Eoin Morgan, who broke a finger
in the Champions Trophy. He has received the all-clear from
England's medical staff and is now expected to return to
action for Middlesex imminently. It had been feared Morgan
would be out for a far longer period. ESPNcricinfo
LONDON---Opening batsman Joe
Root hit an undefeated 178 against
Australia as England grabbed a 566-
run lead after closing the third day
on 333-5 in the second Ashes Test
at Lord s yesterday.
Captain Alastair Cook opted
against a declaration and a few overs
of bowling in the evening session in
a test England is well placed to win
for a 2-0 lead in the five-match
Australia, which was bowled out
for only 128 in its first innings, will
need a record fourth innings test total
to win with two days left in the
match. West Indies 344-1 in 1984
is the only occasion a team has scored
more than 300 to win a Lord s Test.
Jonny Bairstow on 11 was with
Root at stumps, after Ian Bell scored
74 and nightwatchman Tim Bresnan
made 38. Kevin Pietersen was ruled
out of the rest of the match with a
left calf strain, giving him 11 days to
be fit for the third test.
"Early on this morning we wanted
to battle through and grind them
down, then try to reap rewards later
in the day," Root said.
"It was great, really
enjoyed it, as you
The best thing is we re in a good
position to go on and set ourselves
up for a win. If we can continue to
play as well as we have done in this
game hopefully that will happen."
Seeking a third straight Ashes
series victory, England dominated
the match all day though Australia
endured another umpiring contro-
Bell edged fast bowler Ryan Harris
low down to Steve Smith at gully
when on 3, but waited to check with
the umpires whether the ball had
carried. Fast bowler Peter Siddle said
Smith wasn t certain if he caught
the ball, either.
"As anyone does, he left it to the
umpires," Siddle said.
Third umpire Tony Hill ruled in
Bell s favour much to the Australians
annoyance. In the first Test at Trent
Bridge, Stuart Broad declined to walk
despite clearly edging to slip with
Australia out of referrals.
Bell went on to score 74 and shared
a partnership of 153 with Root and
took the game away from the tourists.
Australia promised so much after
its attempt to win the first test failed
by just 14 runs. But it has failed to
back up that display this time round.
"It was a tough day at the
office," Siddle said.
"They knew if they could grind us
down, they would be able to make
up for it in that last session.
"We haven t been great for a lot
of this test match and that puts us
in the position we re in. But if we all
play well --- good, patient cricket ---
we can obviously draw this match,
maybe even win it. You never know.
It s only four and a half an over, It s
England, which made 361 in the
first innings, will likely declare
overnight or early on day four and
look to dismiss Australia a second
The pressure was on Root entering
this series, despite his century against
New Zealand in May. Nick Compton
was omitted as Alastair Cook s open-
ing partner for the Ashes and Root
was promoted, meaning he had to
prove himself all over again. He did
so at Lord s.
Root patiently applied himself with
a 334-ball stay at the crease, putting
on 99 with Bresnan.
Root s run rate was slow at times,
as Australia bowled accurately after
lunch, but after tea he cut loose to
advance from 97 to 178.
At one point Root and Bell man-
aged 71 runs in 10 overs.
Root, whose only error was an
edge in between wicketkeeper and
slip when on 8 on Friday, cut
teenage spinner Ashton Agar for
his 12th four to go to three figures.
The Yorkshireman also became
the first to 1,000 first-class runs
in the English summer, when he
reached 70. He has six centuries
Root s two sixes off legspinner
Smith within three balls in the
penultimate over of the day demon-
strated his growing confidence.
Bell earlier got himself out when
looking like he was racing to his
third consecutive century this series,
when he pulled a long-hop from
Smith to midwicket.
Not much went right for Aus-
tralia all day, though. Even tailender
Bresnan survived the entire morning
session before he hooked
James Pattinson to mid-
Pietersen injury doubt for third Test
England's Joe Root plays a shot off the bowling of Australia's Shane Watson during day
three of the second Ashes Test at Lord's cricket ground in London, yesterday. Root closed
the day with an undefeated 178 to give England a 566-run lead. AP Photo
England 1st Innings 361
Australia 1st Innings 128
England 2nd Innings
A Cook b Siddle .................................................8
J Root not out ....................................................178
J Trott b Siddle ..................................................0
K Pietersen c Rogers b Siddle .................5
T Bresnan c Rogers b Pattinson ...........38
I Bell c Rogers b Smith ................................74
J Bairstow not out ..........................................11
Extras: (11b, 8lb) ...............................................19
TOTAL: (5 wickets) ...............................333
Fall of wickets: 1-22, 2-22, 3-30, 4-129, 5-
Still to bat: Matt Prior, James Anderson,
Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann.
Bowling: Ryan Harris 16-4-28-0, Shane
Watson 12-5-25-0, Peter Siddle 21-6-65-
3, James Pattinson 20-8-42-1, Steve
Smith 14-0-65-1, Ashton Agar 27-4-89-0
Umpires: Marais Erasmus (South Africa),
Kumar Dharmasena (Sri Lanka).
Third umpire: Tony Hill (New Zealand).
Match Referee: Ranjan Madugalle (Sri
...gives England total control over Australia
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