James Tredwell will captain England in their second T20 international against New Zealand tonight, while Kevin Pietersen is set to return from injury. 

The 31-year-old spin bowler will take over captaining duties from Eoin Morgan, who is absent through injury.

Morgan, himself a stand-in captain for the rested Stuart Broad, will miss out due to an issue with his hand. 

Perhaps surprisingly, the selectors have decided that former England skipper Pietersen will not take charge of the team, and have instead opted for the experienced Kent captain. 

Pietersen, 33, is expected to replace Morgan in the batting line-up on his return to the England set-up, in an otherwise unchanged team.

It will be his first international game since a knee injury forced him out of the tour of New Zealand in March. 

He returned to domestic action in style last weekend, by scoring an unbeaten 177 in Surrey's County Championship draw with Yorkshire, and he'll now be hoping to carry that form onto the international stage. 

England enter the final match of the two-game series trailing 1-0, after Tuesday's dramatic five-run defeat at the Oval.  

Tomorrow, Pietersen will join up with the England test squad for their Ashes warm-up match against Essex, which starts on Sunday. 

The test series against Australia starts at Trent Bridge on July 10. 

 

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