Alastair Cook’s team are on the verge of winning the urn for a third successive time — something last achieved by England more than 30 years ago — after their 347-run trouncing of Australia at Lord’s on Sunday.
That resounding success was completed in the absence of the injured Pietersen, off the field during the tourists' second innings after a scan revealed he had strained his left calf.
He is considered doubtful already for the third Investec Test in Manchester. “Clearly it’s a concern. He’s got a tear... sorry, a slight strain of his calf,” said Alastair Cook. “Sorry, that was a bad slip of the tongue — it is a strain. But it is a concern.”