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Last Updated: Monday, 3 December 2007, 08:41 GMT
Pietersen suffers finger injury
Kevin Pietersen
Pietersen made 31 in the first innings
England's Kevin Pietersen will be available to bat in the second innings of the first Test against Sri Lanka despite breaking a bone in his finger.

Pietersen sustained the injury while fielding in the first innings and will not field in the second innings.

Captain Michael Vaughan said: "Kevin has a problem with his little finger but he'll be fine to go out and bat."

The rules state he can bat at his usual number four position because of the type of injury, an "external" one.

Had he pulled a muscle, however, or suffered any other type of "internal" injury he would have been forced to bat no higher than number seven.

Pietersen hit 31 in the first innings before becoming the third of Muttiah Muralitharan's six victims in England's 281.

Meanwhile, Matthew Hoggard was in some discomfort after appearing to hurt his lower back towards the end of a six-over spell with the new ball.

606: DEBATE

But skipper Michael Vaughan insisted his star bowler was none the worse for wear.

Sri Lanka dominated day three of the Test, closing on 167-2 in their second innings, 74 runs ahead.

Vaughan said: "I thought we bowled OK. If we get a couple of wickets early [on Tuesday] everything looks better."

But Sri Lanka's gradual improvement since Hoggard's burst of four wickets on the first morning has made them favourites for victory.

Paul Collingwood added: "It's a proper scrap. It's what you come to get used to in Sri Lanka.

"We have got to have a good first session and put them under pressure.

"They have inexperience in the middle order and we must expose that."

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