PIETERSEN CONFIDENT DESPITE INJURIES

Kevin Pietersen has said that injuries will help England perform better. Bowlers Graeme Swann (back), Stuart Broad (stomach), and Tim Bresnan (calf) have all had time out with problems.

Broad is back with England in Australia while Swann and Bresnan, who should be fit to join the 15-man squad for next month’s World Cup, are at home.

“The niggles have allowed a few of the bigger players to go home and recharge batteries,” Pietersen told BBC Sport.