<strong>Flower&rsquo;s Pietersen hopes wilt</strong><br />CRICKET: England coach Andy Flower admits star batsman Kevin Pietersen may miss this winter&rsquo;s tour of South Africa through injury.<br /><br />The 29-year-old batsman is currently recovering from Achilles surgery but a subsequent infection in the area has slowed his rehabilitation.<br /><br />&ldquo;We&rsquo;re still taking it day by day,&rdquo; said Flower. &ldquo;We&rsquo;re still not sure whether he&rsquo;s going to be fit or not.&rdquo;<br /><br />England begin their Champions Trophy campaign on Friday and Flower added: &ldquo;I would have wanted him back at the start of this one-day tournament.&rdquo;<br /><br /><strong>Injured forces Nadal withdrawal</strong><br />TENNIS: World No2 Rafael Nadal has pulled out of next week&rsquo;s Thailand Open having failed to shrug off an abdominal injury. The Spaniard, 23, picked up the problem shortly after returning from a long lay-off with tendonitis and it flared up at the US Open where he lost to eventual winner Juan Martin Del Potro.<br /><br />&ldquo;The injury needs to be taken care of,&rdquo; said Nadal.<br /><br /><strong>Australia to host England Tests</strong><br />RUGBY UNION: Australia will play England in two Tests next June, the Australian Rugby Union has confirmed.<br /><br />The Subiaco Oval in Perth and the infamous venue where England won the World Cup, Sydney&rsquo;s ANZ Stadium, will host the matches.<br /><br />&ldquo;Sydney is a heartland for the game and it will be great to see our old nemesis, the English, back in town,&rdquo; said ARU managing director John O&rsquo;Neill. Australia will also host Ireland in June 2010.