KP 'pain free' despite lack of surgery

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Batsman Kevin Pietersen has welcomed an end to the discomfort caused injury to his right knee, ahead of England's Ashes campaign later this year.

Batsman Kevin Pietersen has welcomed an end to the discomfort caused injury to his right knee, ahead of England's Ashes campaign later this year.

Pietersen nursed the injury throughout the five Tests against Australia earlier this year, and has since been named in the squad for the return series, which will get underway in Brisbane in November.

The uncapped Boyd Rankin, Gary Ballance and Ben Stokes, meanwhile, have been included – and slow bowler Monty Panesar recalled. All-rounder Chris Woakes and spinner Simon Kerrigan, however, have been dropped.

"It was tough but I've done some incredible rehabilitation in the last three weeks and it feels like I have a different knee. I'm feeling so good on it," said Pietersen.

"For the first time since February, I am totally pain-free and I am continuing to do the right things. It was probably the best decision I made for my career not to have surgery because if I had done, I would be out till next February."

The 33-year-old right-hander will soon become the 10th Englishman to play 100 Test matches. Only the retired Alec Stewart, David Gower, Graham Gooch, Mike Atherton, Colin Cowdrey, Ian Botham, Geoffrey Boycott, Andrew Strauss and Graham Thorpe have amassed more.

"When you get to 33, you are definitely in your second cycle of your career and it is a case of ticking all the right boxes to keep you on the field," concluded Pietersen.

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