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Pietersen delays Ashes departure
Kevin Pietersen will not fly out to Australia with the England squad on Wednesday night as he has been granted compassionate leave, the England and Wales Cricket Board has confirmed.
England's 17-man squad will jet off Down Under from Heathrow, but Pietersen will not join up with them until Sunday, October 27.
It is understood that the batsman has been given the dispensation following the death of a friend.
The 33-year-old is expected to be available for England's first warm-up game against Western Australia at Perth, which begins on October 31.
Pietersen became England's highest-ever run-scorer in August, when the hosts beat Australia 3-0 to clinch the urn for the third successive series.