ENGLAND batsman Kevin Pietersen is desperate to prove his right knee is up to the strain of regular cricket when he makes his comeback to the crease after three months on the sidelines today, with the Ashes series fast approaching.
Pietersen has not played since breaking down during a Test match against New Zealand in Wellington, but is set to feature for Surrey against Yorkshire in a four-day game which begins at Headingley today.
The 32-year-old has also been included in England’s squad for the second match of their Twenty20 mini-series against the Black Caps next week and hopes to suffer no recurrence of his knee trouble with the first Test against Australia less than three weeks away.
“The professional in me will want to score as many runs as possible [against Yorkshire], but the most important thing is to wake up each morning and know there is no issue with my knee and to know I’ve turned a big corner and can handle a day in the field,” Pietersen said.
“That’s the only thing that’s not been tested. I can bat in the nets and I’ve done all the fielding drills you can do, but it’s not the same as being in the field for 90 overs.”
England play both Twenty20 internationals at the Oval, the first of which is scheduled for Tuesday and the second on Thursday.
Eoin Morgan, Gary Ballance, Ravi Bopara, Danny Briggs, Jos Buttler, Jade Dernbach, Alex Hales, Michael Lumb, Kevin Pietersen*, Boyd Rankin, Ben Stokes, James Tredwell, Chris Woakes, Luke Wright
*Pietersen only available for second match on 27 June