21 Jun 2013

Pietersen returns for Twenty20 series against NZ

9:56 am on 21 June 2013

The England batsman Kevin Pietersen is poised for a return to international cricket in the second Twenty20 match against the Black Caps next week after a long layoff with a knee injury.

England's most explosive batsman missed the one-day series against New Zealand and the Champions Trophy competition, fuelling speculation that he could be in doubt for the Ashes series against Australia.

Pietersen's inclusion in the England squad is subject to his completing a county championship game for Surrey.

England are through to the Champions Trophy final against India on Sunday night.