England's Kevin Pietersen: 'I didn't want to miss the Ashes'

England's Kevin Pietersen raise his bat moments after reaching 50 runs during the third day of the third Ashes Test on August 3, 2013
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England batsman Kevin Pietersen reveals that he delayed surgery to play in this year's Ashes series.

England batsman Kevin Pietersen has revealed that he delayed knee surgery to ensure that he could play in back-to-back Ashes series this year.

Pietersen, 33, picked up the injury to his right knee during March's tour of New Zealand and only returned in June, just a few weeks before the start of the series opener at Trent Bridge.

"I didn't have surgery because I didn't want to miss the Ashes," he told reporters.

"I could have done but it's proved to be the right decision from the surgeon's perspective and mine."

Pietersen went on to reveal that he will "be in rehab for the rest of my career, unfortunately".

The batsman made 113 runs to take England to 294-7 at the close of play on day three of the third Test.

In doing so, Pietersen became England's leading run scorer of all time.

England's Kevin Pietersen raise his bat moments after reaching 50 runs during the third day of the third Ashes Test on August 3, 2013
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