25 Jul 2013

England confident about Pietersen's fitness

4:52 pm on 25 July 2013

The England fast bowler James Anderson says they're optimistic Kevin Pietersen will be fit for next week's third Ashes Test at Old Trafford.

Pietersen, arguably England's most talented batsman, was off the field when the side completed a 347-run win over Australia in the second Test at Lord's to take a 2-0 lead in the five-match series.

The South Africa-born shotmaker, who is battling a calf strain, tweeted yesterday that he was "stuck on a sofa tightly fastened to an ice machine" in a bid to be ready to play at Manchester's Old Trafford where the third Test starts on August 1.