KP set for Surrey outing

Dropped England batsman set to feature against Hampshire

Last Updated: 17/08/12 10:26pm

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Kevin Pietersen: Set to return to action for Surry this weekend

Kevin Pietersen: Set to return to action for Surry this weekend

Kevin Pietersen is set to play his first match since being dropped by England when Surrey take on his old club Hampshire in the CB40 this weekend.

Pietersen was left out of the ongoing third Test at Lord's after his contract wrangles with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) were complicated by the text messages he sent to opposition players during the drawn match against South Africa at Headingley.

He was ruled unavailable for Surrey's LV= County Championship match at home to Middlesex, which started on Wednesday, and reportedly went on a short holiday abroad with his family.

The South Africa-born batsman has apologised to England for the texts, without divulging their specific content, and it is thought his international career will remain on hold until negotiations with the ECB are concluded.

A Surrey spokesman said: "He is available. He will be in the squad."

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