Kevin Pietersen returns to Surrey to boost England recall hopes

Sports Desk (02 April, 2015)

ECB chairman Colin Graves has hinted a return to the national side is not out of the question

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Surrey have re-signed ex-England star Kevin Pietersen as he seeks a platform that he hopes will see him return to the international set up.

The 34-year-old will be available for Surrey’s opening game of the County Championship season on April 19.

The South African born batsmen last played first class cricket for the Kia Oval outfit in 2013, although he has represented the club in Twenty20 cricket since that outing.

Pietersen said: “I’m absolutely thrilled to be back at Surrey. It’s a club very close to my heart and Alec Stewart, Graham Ford and everyone at the club has been exceptionally supportive.

“There is a fantastic group of lads here and hopefully we can deliver what the great Surrey fans want to see – lots of runs and comprehensive victories.”

New England and Wales Cricket Board chairman Colin Graves has hinted a return to the national side is not out of the question for the 34-year-old if he ‘scores a lot of runs’ for a county.

The Kennington club hope that in turn will help them push for promotion out of Division Two of the county championship.

Stewart, Director of Cricket at Surrey, added: “A Kevin Pietersen with ambitions to play for England and a real determination to score big runs for Surrey will be a huge asset to us.”

Pietersen will be donating his Surrey salary to his own charitable foundation.

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