Kevin Pietersen has continued his rehabilitation from injury ahead of his competitive return to cricket this week by ditching his batting gloves for boxing gloves during an intense workout session.

The 32-year-old has not played since March due to a serious knee injury, which forced Pietersen to sit out the Test and one-day series against New Zealand, as well as the Champions Trophy.

There had been fears that Pietersen would not recover in time to play in the opening Test of the Ashes series, which takes place at Trent Bridge next month, but the batsman will return to action for Surrey on Friday.

Pietersen confirmed at the weekend that he will be in the Surrey team for the County Championship match against Yorkshire, having trained with the England squad last week and coming through a net session unscathed.

The England star's imminent return owes to the carefully planned recovery programme he has followed since being sidelined during the tour of New Zealand earlier this year, which includes boxing sessions.

Pietersen posted a photo on his official Facebook page on Tuesday morning showing himself throwing some jabs, with the former England captain appearing in fine fettle as he prepares to take to the crease again.

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