8 Mar 2011

Kevin Pietersen out of World Cup

5:51 am on 8 March 2011

The England batsman Kevin Pietersen has been ruled out of the rest of England's cricket World Cup campaign because his hernia problem is more serious than first thought.

The 30-year-old opener will be replaced by Middlesex batsman Eoin Morgan.

England had hoped Pietersen would play through the pain before having hernia surgery after the tournament.

But the decision was taken to fly him home today after he struggled in the field during the six-run win over South Africa yesterday.

Morgan, one of the best finishers in the one-day game, was originally ruled out of the tournament with a broken finger.

But he has made a quicker-than-expected recovery and will join up with the squad this week after receiving clearance from the International Cricket Council's six-man Event Technical Committee.