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Last Updated: Wednesday July 22 2009 14:51 GMT

Pietersen ruled out of the Ashes

Kevin Pietersen

Kevin Pietersen won't play in the rest of the Ashes series with Australia after having an operation on his ankle.

Star batsman Pietersen needs at least six weeks to recover from surgery and is really frustrated that he has been forced out of the final three matches.

He said: "The Ashes are the pinnacle of the game so I'm devastated to be missing the rest of this series."

It's thought Ian Bell will replace Pietersen in the team for the third Test when it begins on 30 July.

Bell scored a century against Lancashire last week and has been in impressive form for his county Warwickshire this season.

Pietersen will be missed from the team - he scored 153 runs in the first two Ashes Tests, at an average of 38.

Fingers crossed for Flintoff

Andrew Flintoff

England are still hopeful that Andrew Flintoff will be fit for the third test.

He's battling an ongoing knee injury that has forced him to announce his retirement from Test cricket at the end of the Ashes series.

On Tuesday Flintoff said he was desperate to complete the series, even though he's in lots of pain. He said: "I'll do anything I can do to get on that pitch."