Kevin Pietersen remains 'very doubtful' for Twenty20 match

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Kevin Pietersen will have a fitness test on his broken thumb tomorrow but is rated "very doubtful" for England's one-off Twenty20 against India at Eden Gardens this weekend.

Pietersen missed the final match of England's 5-0 one-day series drubbing by their hosts, at the same venue two days ago, having injured his thumb in last Sunday's defeat in Mumbai.

The middle-order batsman was optimistic yesterday that the bruising was going down, and he might therefore be able to play on Saturday - in a match which will see England defend their new-found status as International Cricket Council number ones in the shortest format.

But a team spokesman said today: "He will have a fitness test tomorrow.

"He is still very doubtful for Saturday."