Time-out was planned for KP - Miller
National selector Geoff Miller has revealed Kevin Pietersen would have been rested for England's NatWest Series against Bangladesh even if he had not got injured.
Pietersen suffered a left quadriceps strain in yesterday's 42-run defeat against Australia at Lord's and has subsequently been ruled out of the forthcoming series with Bangladesh.
Miller admits the injury will need to be monitored, although he expects the 30-year-old to be fit when the npower Test series against Pakistan gets under way on July 29.
“We have to monitor Kevin's injury, but we were going to rest him anyway. I have not heard anything on it since yesterday but it does not look too serious an injury,” Miller told ecb.co.uk.
“We need to start looking at other players and find the best players who aren't in the side at the moment.
“I can't imagine Kevin will not be able to play in the Pakistan series. As far as we can see it is not a serious injury and he should make a full recovery soon.”
Jonathan Trott has been recalled to the one-day set-up in place of Pietersen after scoring a century for England Lions in their five-wicket win over West Indies A on Tuesday.
Miller is confident the Warwickshire batsman, who scored 148 runs at an average of 49.33 in his only previous ODI series against South Africa in November, can step up to the plate if given the chance.
“He did well in the winter and he also scored a century in the Triangular series against the Lions,” Miller added. “We are confident he can do the job if called upon.
“As always we, as selectors, will hand the squad over to the captain and coach and they will decide who plays from there.”
Graeme Swann will also play no part in the series because he has been rested, giving James Tredwell another opportunity.
And Miller believes monitoring players' fitness is essential as they prepare for the “arduous” schedule ahead.
“We felt we needed to give Graeme a rest and we have done that,” he admitted. “We have a lot of games ahead of us. There is nothing wrong with a break.
“It's an arduous schedule and he is looking forward to the rest, we need to keep monitoring players individually.
“James was involved in the winter and it is just a progression of our policy. The next in line gets a chance and that is James.”
Two players who would have been hoping to earn a place in the squad are Adil Rashid and Matt Prior, who have been in excellent form for their respective counties.
However they were overlooked in favour of Tredwell and Craig Kieswetter, and Miller has urged them to continue knocking on the door by performing at county level.
He added: “We told Matt he would need to go away and score runs for Sussex and he has done that.
“However, Craig is the man in possession and we are giving him time to find his feet in one-day international cricket.
“We have sent Adil back to Yorkshire and we just want him to continue to get some playing time under his belt.
“He has been with us a lot in the last couple of years, but a lot of net bowling, and less time in the middle, isn't necessarily best for the player.”
England go into the series full of confidence having beat the world`s number-one ranked ODI side Australia 3-2 in the recent NatWest Series.
Miller is understandably delighted with that result, but has not lost sight of the fact there is still work to be done.
“We are very pleased to have beaten the best one-day team in world,” he said.
“The last couple of games were a good reminder that we need to keep our feet on the ground.
"We are not the 'finished article' yet and we will continue to work towards that.”