Pietersen ruled out

LONDON - Kevin Pietersen was left out of England's 13-man squad announced yesterday for their upcoming one-day series against Bangladesh because of a thigh injury.

England's selectors also chose to rest off-spinner Graeme Swann, a regular in all three international formats, following their 3-2 one-day series win over Australia completed at Lord's here on Saturday where batsman Pietersen suffered his injury during a 42-run loss.

Jonathan Trott, like Pietersen born in South Africa, was called up into the squad, with off-spinner James Tredwell taking Swann's place.

Pietersen, who has now gone 16 innings without a one-day 50 after falling for a duck at Lord's, injured himself, while fielding and is now due to undergo further assessment of the quadriceps strain in his left leg.

Swann, meanwhile, will be able to play County Championship cricket for Nottinghamshire to help him prepare for England's four-Test series against Pakistan in July.

Left-arm quick Ryan Sidebottom was left out of a 13-man squad after not featuring against Australia in a series where England fielded the same XI in all five matches.

England national selector Geoff Miller said: "It's unfortunate Kevin Pietersen has suffered an injury - it looks like he'll be able to make a full recovery very quickly.

"Graeme Swann has been involved in all forms of the game for some time now, and this forthcoming period has been identified as the best opportunity to ensure he has a suitable break before a demanding schedule this summer and during the winter."

Former England off-spinner Miller added: "Tredwell and Trott have previously been involved with the England one-day set-up and will be excellent additions to the full England squad." - Sapa-AFP