Pietersen promotes Ashes themed literacy event

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A group of Battersea schoolchildren were visited by a very special guest on Tuesday as England batsman Kevin Pietersen arrived to promote literacy at an Ashes themed event.

Pietersen was at Sacred Heart primary school as part of a drive to encourage children to remain interested in education, enjoying reading and take up sport ahead of another packed summer of action in Britain.

The 32-year-old will be one of England's key players when the Ashes are contested once again next month, with the first Test set to take place at Trent Bridge, as the hosts look to secure a third successive victory.

Pietersen hopes he will be able to inspire kids across the country to take up cricket, and believes playing the game is an ideal way to teach youngsters various life disciplines.

"It’s been a brilliant day and the kids have absolutely loved it," he told the Evening Standard.

"I think cricket is such an important game for teaching children teamwork and respect and it’s been great to visit the school."

Pietersen also helped kids with culinary skills during his morning back at school, while he also posted pictures on his official Facebook page of him attempting to learn how to play the didgeridoo - a traditional Australian instrument.

The former England captain has been out of action since March after suffering bruising to his knee on the tour of New Zealand, but is set to return to international duty ahead of the Ashes.

Pietersen is due to play his first competitive match since his injury troubles when he features for Surrey in their County Championship encounter with Yorkshire, which is set to begin on Friday.

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