Kevin Pietersen included in England's 14-man squad for T20 series against New Zealand

Last Updated: 20/06/13 12:11pm

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Kevin Pietersen: Named in 14-man England squad for T20 series with New Zealand

Kevin Pietersen: Named in 14-man England squad for T20 series with New Zealand

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Kevin Pietersen has been included in England's 14-man squad for the T20 series against New Zealand.

The two-match series kicks off on 25 June, with Pietersen available for the second game at the Kia Oval two days later.

Pietersen has not played for England since March due to a knee injury but is now set to join the squad if he successfully completes an LV=County Championship game for Surrey on 21 June.

Eoin Morgan will captain the side which includes two players yet to feature for England in any format - Warwickshire pace bowler Boyd Rankin and Yorkshire batsman Gary Ballance.

Intense

National selector Geoff Miller, said: "We have selected a squad with plenty of T20 experience as well as young players new to the international game.

"With an intense period of cricket coming up we are conscious that we need to manage the workloads of our players throughout the summer.

"This NatWest series gives an opportunity for players who have performed well in domestic cricket and on the England Performance Programme and with the Lions to step up and test themselves in an international environment.

"New Zealand are a talented limited overs side and with a World T20 competition less than a year away this series gives us a chance to look at a number of different options."

Ben Stokes has also been included in the squad, four months after being sent home from the Lions tour for disciplinary reasons.

England Twenty20 squad: EJG Morgan (Captain), GS Ballance, RS Bopara, DR Briggs JC Buttler (wkt), JW Dernbach, AD Hales, MJ Lumb, *KP Pietersen, WB Rankin, BA Stokes, JC Tredwell, CR Woakes, LJ Wright. * Pietersen will be available for match on June 27 only.

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