Kevin Pietersen scored a century in England's final warm-up match

Last Updated: 09/11/12 8:07am

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Kevin Pietersen: scored a century in England's final warm-up match against Haryana

Kevin Pietersen: scored a century in England's final warm-up match against Haryana

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Kevin Pietersen helped himself to a hundred as England piled on the runs in their final warm-up match against Haryana at the Sardar Patel Stadium B Ground.

The South Africa-born batsman returned to the fold following his well-publicised absence and looked in prime form, smacking 14 fours and three sixes in his 86 ball-ton as England reached an imposing 408-3.

Pietersen was increasingly dominant in only his second England innings since his well-chronicled summer of discontent and subsequent reintegration.

His century - he retired on 110no - should help to continue what has been a smooth return so far after his contract wrangles and other troubles.

England's batsmen enjoyed their time at the crease against a modest Haryana attack as skipper Alastair Cook (97) and Nick Compton (74) gelled well at the top of the order, while Ian Bell also passed 50.

Somerset star Compton appears to have ended any lingering doubts that he will open the batting in the first Test with another composed innings.

He drove well through the off-side against seam and was quick to use his feet to off-spinner Jayant Yadav as he hit nine fours in his 144-ball stay.

Cook struck 20 boundaries and was within one more blow of his hundred when he edged an attempted cut behind off Yadav and give Haryana their first wicket of what turned out to be a long, hot day in the field.

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