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Injured Pietersen out, Morgan in

England's star batsman Kevin Pietersen has been ruled out of the World Cup with a hernia condition and Eoin Morgan will replace him.

cricket Updated: Mar 07, 2011 23:44 IST
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England's star batsman Kevin Pietersen has been ruled out of the World Cup with a hernia condition and Eoin Morgan will replace him.

Pietersen's hernia problem surfaced during the tournament, but England's medical team thought the surgery could be postponed till after the Cup.

Pietersen was, however, struggling in the match against South Africa which England won by six runs. A re-look by the medical team indicated that the surgery need to be done immediately to avoid further complications.

"I fly home tonight. Out of the WC (World Cup) and IPL (Indian Premier League). Sad to leave India. Love the people & the hospitality. Absolutely devastated!!" Pietersen posted on Twitter.

International Cricket Council granted England the replacement. "The Event Technical Committee of the ICC Cricket World Cup has approved Eoin Morgan as a replacement player for the injured Kevin Pietersen in the England squad," an ICC statement said.