Pietersen set for return
Kevin Pietersen hopes to return from the injury which ended his World Cup in Surrey's clash with Cambridge MCCU next week.
Last Updated: 05/05/11 5:38pm
Kevin Pietersen hopes to return from the injury which ended his World Cup in Surrey's three-day game against Cambridge MCCU next week.
The 30-year-old batsman has not played since returning home early from the tournament in Asia with a hernia problem.
He only returned to practice in the nets on Thursday but Pietersen thinks he will be ready for the contest at Fenner's, which starts on Wednesday.
Pietersen is keen to take the next step in his recovery ahead of England's first Test against Sri Lanka on May 26.
"I'm targeting the game against Cambridge next week but I've obviously got to do a few fitness tests before then to see if I'm right to play in that," Pietersen told Surrey TV.
"I want to get some time in the middle, get some overs in my legs fielding - you can't just go straight into a Test Match without anything."
He added: "I had a really productive winter - obviously came unstuck with a bit of an injury but I'm good to go now after a couple of months off.
"I want to start batting again and I want have a good summer. It's nice to come and spend some time with the county and spend some time with the lads - it's brilliant.
"I'm up early with the little man every morning so I might as well come in and do some hard work! 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 but I've got to try to get myself back into the swing of things."
Pietersen also offered his congratulations to Alastair Cook and Stuart Broad after they were named the new captains of the England one-day international and Twenty20 sides respectively.
He wrote on Twitter: "Congrats to Cookie & Broady on the captaincies.. New era for ENG. Young captains for the future.. Exciting times ahead!!"