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Pietersen granted paternity leave by England

England could be without Kevin Pietersen for the closing stages of this years Twenty20 World Cup after the ECB granted his request for paternity leave.

Pietersenís wife, Jessica, is due to give birth to their first child in the middle of May meaning England could be without Pietersen for the closing stages of the Super Eights, Semi Final and Final.

The lose of Pietersen who averages over 30 in international Twenty20 cricket could be a major blow to Englandís chances of winning the Twenty20 World Cup. Pietersen has scored over 650 runs for England in 22 games.

When the news of the pregnancy was first announced last year Pietersen said he wouldnít miss the birth of the coupleís first child even though England would be playing in the Twenty20 World Cup.

Despite the problems it will cause England, national selector Geoff Miller was happy for Pietersen to return to England.

"I'm a great advocator of people being solid family-wise, so I've no problem with that" said Miller. "Nobody dictates when [the birth] will be, so we'll play it by ear".

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