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Pietersen feels best is within reach after first outing in Durban

Pietersen: Closing in on best form

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England star Kevin Pietersen says his best form is not far away after his first outing for South African side Dolphins.

Pietersen has flown to his native South Africa in search of some much-needed form ahead of this winter's Ashes, and will play two four-day games with the Dolphins.

He scored 36 on day one of the first-class SuperSport Series match against the Warriors in Pietermaritzburg.

The 30-year-old is playing the first of two four-day games with the Durban franchise as part of his preparations for the trip to Australia.

After a quiet start, Pietersen began to show more intent as his innings progressed.

But after hitting six fours, he came down the wicket aggressively to left-arm spinner Jon-Jon Smuts and was caught by Andrew Birch while attempting to go over mid-on.

Speaking afterward he told sports channel, Supersport Blitz: "(It was a) brilliant day's cricket. I started to feel like I use to play.

"That's my goal out here, which is to try and get myself back feeling how I use to play.

"I certainly felt like that today, especially getting from 13 to however many I ended up with. I mean I felt gold today."

The right-hander had a mediocre summer in which he made just one score of over 50 in Test cricket, while his most recent five-day century came against West Indies in March 2009.

The game against the Warriors is in the city of his birth, while Pietersen will also play against the Titans in Durban next week.