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Kevin Pietersen, Morne van Wyk & Graeme Smith

Kevin Pietersen was ruled out of England's World Cup campaign due to the ongoing hernia injury after their win over South Africa

England batsman Kevin Pietersen yesterday underwent routine surgery for a hernia and will commence a rehabilitation programme with Surrey, in conjunction with the England team medical staff, following a period of recuperation.

ECB chief medical officer Dr Nick Peirce said: "Kevin underwent a successful, routine operation with a hernia and an area of weaknesses repaired on the left side while a small hernia was identified and repaired on the right side.

"Kevin will now undergo a relatively brief period of rest before beginning a rehabilitation programme with Surrey CCC under the guidance of the England team medical staff.

“His return to first-class cricket will be determined once he commences his rehabilitation programme but we expect him to be fully fit in time for England's first summer Test starting May 26."

Andy Flower, England team director, said: "Once Kevin's hernia injury was identified we knew he would require an operation and the surgeon's findings further underline the seriousness of the injury.

"We're pleased Kevin has undergone a successful surgery and can shortly begin his rehabilitation programme with a view to rejoining the England team in time for our first Test match of the summer against Sri Lanka."

Pietersen was ruled out of England's World Cup campaign due to the ongoing hernia injury after their Group B match against South Africa.