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Kevin Pietersen: 6/1 to score a century on first innings back

Sky Bet make Kevin Pietersen 6/1 to produce the perfect return to the England fold by hitting a century in the opening innings of the first Test against India.

After missing the recent ICC World Twenty20 for sending "provocative" text messages to members of the South Africa team, the 32-year-old batsman has been added to the England Test squad for the winter tour of India, prompting the online betting firm to cut the tourists' series price from 4/1 to 7/2.

Sky Bet offer 5/2 that Pietersen will be England's top run-scorer in the four-Test series and 9/4 for him to score 50 or more runs in the first innings, while he is 16/1 to return with a duck and 100/1 for a pair of ducks in the first Test.

Sky Bet cricket trader Tom Warburton said: "Pietersen should thrive in the situation given how comfortable he is in the spotlight, so we're expecting him to make a real impact on his return to the side.

"However, it remains to be seen whether his return will benefit the team as a whole in what promises to be a very testing series, which England are now 7/2 to triumph in."

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