LONDON:-

Kevin Pietersen has been ruled out of the Champions Trophy and could face a race to be fit in time for the Ashes as he continues his rehabilitation from a knee injury. The ECB said on Wednesday that it expected Pietersen to resume training in mid-June, less than four weeks before the first Test against Australia at Trent Bridge on July 10. Pietersen missed the third Test of England's tour of New Zealand after suffering bruising to his right knee and the batsman would have not have been considered for the return series. – Agencies