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Pietersen battled with fractured rib

December 16, 2008 15:23 IST

England captain Kevin Pietersen revealed he played the Chennai Test with a fractured rib and oozed confidence of playing the Mohali Test as well despite the injury.

"I have got a fractured rib," Pietersen told The Guardian.

"There are no dramas. I will deal with it. I don't like injections. I will just take painkillers," said the England skipper, insisting he would play the second and final Test in Mohali starting Friday.

Pietersen was injured before the fifth one-dayer in Cuttack but the gangling batsman played down his rib injury as he spent agonising moments deliberating England's return to India for the Test series.

Pietersen initially dismissed the injury as a side strain and went on to score a century in the match before things went worse.

In the Chennai Test, which they lost to India by six wickets, Pietersen scored four and one and looked in great discomfort in the field on Mnday. He was often seen clutching his right side and throwing under-arm.

Two years ago, he sustained a similar injury while stepping out and trying to hit Glenn McGrath out of the ground at the MCG.

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