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KP still has open wound but hopeful over SA tour

ENGLAND batsman Kevin Pietersen insists he is still hopeful of playing a part in the tour of South Africa in November.<br /><br />Pietersen has been ruled out of the Champions Trophy, which takes place in the same country from next week. <br /><br />But he is optimistic the Achilles injury that also kept him out of the last three Ashes Tests will heal in time for the tour of his native South Africa.<br /><br />&ldquo;I saw a couple of surgeons during the week,&rdquo; said Pietersen. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s slow at the moment, I&rsquo;ve got an open wound in my leg, but I&rsquo;m really and truly hoping to be back for the South Africa tour. That&rsquo;s what I&rsquo;m looking at, at the moment.&rdquo;<br /><br />Pietersen suffered an infection after undergoing surgery on his troublesome Achilles in July. It was the latest setback in a frustrating year for the 29-year-old Hampshire player, who first encountered the problem in the Caribbean in March.<br /><br />He strained the tendon again in April while playing for Bangalore Royal Challengers in the Indian Premier League, causing him to miss England&rsquo;s one-day series against the West Indies in May.<br /><br />Meanwhile, all-rounder Andrew Flintoff is considering snubbing a new central contract to go freelance.