Kevin Pietersen made to wait to make his comeback for England
Last Updated: 28/06/13 1:58pm
Kevin Pietersen's international comeback was ruined by rain at the Oval as only two balls were possible in the second Twenty20 International between England and New Zealand.
Stand-in skipper James Tredwell - leading England for the first time in the absence of the injured Eoin Morgan, who will this week have surgery to repair his broken finger - lost the toss as play got underway on time.
The hosts saw opener Michael Lumb open their account with two off the first delivery from Mitchell McClenaghan - only to then get out to the next.
The Nottinghamshire left-hander was tempted into a drive by a full, swinging delivery from the left-arm paceman but only ended up edging it through to New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum at second slip.
As the Black Caps celebrated the early breakthrough the drizzle that had been in the air began to get heavier, forcing umpires Richard Illingworth and Tim Robinson to call for the covers to come on.
Conditions did improve slightly and an inspection was scheduled for 8.05pm, only for the rain to then become heavier again. With the outfield saturated, play was finally abandoned just before 9.11pm, the cut-off time for a five overs-a-side contest.
The no-result not only means the tourists take the series 1-0 but also denies Pietersen the chance to appear for England for the first time since the second Test against the same opponents in Wellington back in March.
A problematic knee injury had kept him on the sidelines until he made his comeback in domestic action last week, smashing 177 for Surrey against Yorkshire in the LV= County Championship.
England will now put away the coloured clothing and turn their attention to the Ashes. They face Essex in a four-day warm-up fixture which gets underway on Sunday ahead of the series opener at Trent Bridge on July 10.