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Kevin Pietersen to play in County Championship for Surrey

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Kevin Pietersen will make a dramatic return to four-day action when he comes back from the Caribbean to represent Surrey once again at the end of August.

The England exile has been competing in the CPL, but will be back in England for T20 Finals Day, before volunteering his services for Surrey’s last two County Championship
fixtures of the summer as they strive for promotion from Division Two.

When Pietersen steps out against Worcestershire on September 9, it will be only his second first-class fixture for Surrey in as many years.

On his last domestic appearance in the longer format of the game, Pietersen scored 177 not out against Yorkshire in June 2013.

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Short stuff

But the explosive hitter has limited himself to one-day cricket since he was banished from the England dressing room, playing in an array of big-money tournaments around the world.

Pietersen’s globe-trotting exploits have seen him represent Delhi Daredevils in the Indian
Premier League, Surrey in domestic T20 action, before flying west again to play for St Lucia Zouks in the Caribbean Premier League.

His time in St Lucia has been short-lived, with only two performances for the side before they were eliminated from the competition. The 34-year-old made 29 in a seven-wicket win
over Jamaica Tallawahs last week – one of only two victories for the team in the tournament.

Back to England

But now the South African-born batsman is returning to the UK, where he will initially continue his limited-overs duties when Surrey arrive at Edgbaston for Finals Day on August 23.

Victory over Warwickshire – who will be playing at their home ground – would set up a final
against either Hampshire or Lancashire.

The only difference about this business trip, is that he is sticking around post-T20 action to offer his services in the four-day format.

First-class Pietersen

Despite devoting himself purely to limited-overs matches in recent months, Pietersen has an impressive first-class record, and is just one century short of achieving 50 scores of 100 or more in the longer format.

Surrey will be hoping that his ability can carry them across the line and secure promotion from Division Two of the County Championship.

With only three games to go, the London-based club are currently occupying an automatic promotion place in second. However, Hampshire (who only trail by two points) and Essex
have a game in hand on Surrey, whilst Kent still have five left to play this summer.

The T20 semi-finalists will have to do without Pietersen when they play Leicestershire this Friday, but will have the world-class star amongst their ranks for the pivotal clashes away to Worcestershire and at home to Derbyshire in September.

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