URGENT ¥¥¥ Cricket: Injury-hit Pietersen out of final Test

England batsman Kevin Pietersen will miss the final Test against New Zealand because of a knee injury and will fly home for an specialist examination, English cricket authorities said Wednesday.

"The injury is likely to require ongoing assessments and a likely 6-8 week period of rest and rehabilitation," the England and Wales Cricket Board said in a statement, two days before the start of the series-deciding game.