Kevin Pietersen set for Surrey T20 return

March 8, 2017

Kevin Pietersen is to rejoin Surrey to play in this summer's T20 Blast competition.

The former England batsman will be available from July 19th, when Essex Eagles visit south London, having decided not to take part in the 2017 Caribbean Premier League.

He will then be available for the rest of the season, including the knockout stages if the country qualifies from the group stage.

Cricket lovers have always had good reasons to book corporate hospitality for Surrey's Twenty20 Blast matches at the Kia Oval, with plenty of fast and furious action guaranteed under the famous ground's floodlights. Now, there is another one thanks to the return of one of the sport's most charismatic figures and brilliant batsmen.

Speaking about his return to the ground, Pietersen said: "I'm absolutely over the moon to be joining Surrey again. I’ve missed playing here at home and it’s going to be a special feeling walking out at the Kia Oval again.

"We’ve got some seriously talented guys in our team and I’m very confident we can achieve something really special this season."

Pietersen has played some of his most famous innings at the Kia Oval. These include his first Test century in 2005 when his 158 clinched the Ashes, his century as England captain in 2008 that helped lead to a victory over South Africa and an innings of 355 not out in the LV= County Championship in 2015, the second highest score ever made for Surrey.

Since the end of his England career, Pietersen has mainly focused on playing Twenty20 cricket. As well as playing in England and the West Indies, he has also featured in the Australian Big Bash for the Melbourne Stars and for Quetta Gladiators in the Pakistan Premier League. During his international career, Pietersen was player of the tournament as England won the 2010 World Twenty20 tournament.

Pietersen's first-class career has seen him play county cricket for Nottinghamshire and Hampshire as well as Surrey.

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