England’s star all-rounder Kevin Pietersen has been ruled out for the rest of the Ashes series after going through Achilles tendon surgery.
According to England and Wales Cricket Board, the 29-year-old went through an operation on Wednesday and will not be in action for at least six weeks.
On the other hand, the all-rounder has said that he is frustrated with this development.
“The Ashes are the pinnacle of the game so I’m devastated to be missing the rest of this series,” said Pietersen.
“I hate missing matches for England and especially during an Ashes summer.
“Up until now the Achilles injury has been manageable but it recently reached the point where we needed to look at other options in terms of treatment.
“I was pleased with the previous course of treatment as it allowed me to take part in this Ashes series but unfortunately the injury has recently deteriorated.
“To leave a winning dressing-room at this time is heartbreaking but it wouldn’t be fair to the team or myself to continue given the severity of the injury.
“I’ll be supporting the team closely and wish them the best of luck as they look to build on the brilliant win at Lord’s and reclaim the Ashes,” he added.
“A number of short-term measures were considered but having been reviewed by the specialist, who flew into London from Sweden specifically, it was felt that anything else would put the tendon at risk and jeopardise his long-term recovery,” said ECB’s medical officer Nick Peirce.
“The operation involved a small incision and trimming of the blood vessels and nerves around the inflamed tendon and appears, at this early stage, to have been routine.”