The Ashes: Kevin Pietersen winning fitness battle ahead of 3rd Test

England captain Alastair Cook says Wednesday that Kevin Pietersen "has got through training the last two days and done everything asked of him." Cook says a decision will be made on Pietersen on the morning of the match, which starts Thursday in Manchester.

updated: July 31, 2013 17:44 IST
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Manchester: England are optimistic Kevin Pietersen will be fit to play in the third Ashes Test against Australia at Manchester's Old Trafford ground starting Thursday.

Pietersen suffered a left calf injury during England's crushing 347-run win in the second Test at Lord's, which put the Ashes-holders 2-0 up in the five-match series with three to play.

Since then the 33-year-old Pietersen, arguably England's most talented batsman, has undergone an intensive programme to regain full fitness.

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