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Pietersen plans Fenner's return Published: 05 May 2011

Kevin Pietersen hopes to make his first appearance of the 2011 English season - against an MCC University side on May 11.

The England batsman is planning to play for Surrey against Cambridge MCCU in a three day match at their Fenner's ground.

Pietersen has been sidelined with a hernia injury since returning home early from the ICC World Cup. His last taste of competitive cricket was England’s win over South Africa in Chennai on March 6.

The 30-year-old aims to regain fitness in time for England’s first Test of the summer against Sri Lanka in Cardiff.

The second Test of the series takes place at Lord’s.

Good to go

Pietersen went under the knife on his return from the sub-continent and has been undertaking a course of rehabilitation since.

Speaking to Surrey TV (opens in a new window) Pietersen admitted he is not yet 100% fit but remains confident of a Fenner’s return.

Pietersen said: "I'm good to go now. I've got that bug back again, and I want to have a good summer.

"I think everybody knows that I’m a man of hard work and I like to do the hard yards.

"I'm not fully fit yet, I've got to get back into the swing of things, and I'm targeting the game next week at Cambridge - but I've obviously got to do a few fitness tests before that to see if I'm right to play."

Wonderful chance

Cambridge MCCU’s match with Surrey will be their third and final fixture against a county side in 2011.

Their bowlers will be queuing up for the chance to snare Pietersen, who has 24 international centuries to his name, including 17 in Tests.

One bowler Pietersen will have to watch out for is left-arm-spinner Paul Best.

Best, 20, has been one of Cambridge’s best performers with the ball this summer and took an impressive 6-101 against Essex earlier in the season.

Pietersen has famously struggled against left-arm seamers in the past and Best, contracted to Warwickshire, will be hope to be the toast of the college bar after his meeting with ‘KP’.


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