Kevin Pietersen to return for Twenty20 New Zealand series
Twenty20 Internationals: England v New Zealand
Venue: The Oval
Dates: 25 and 27 June
Start times: 18:30 BST
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Kevin Pietersen will make his England return following a knee injury in the Twenty20 series against New Zealand.
The Surrey batsman, 32, will give England a pre-Ashes boost by playing in the second game of the two-match series, which begins on 25 June.
The spotlight will be on his form and fitness ahead of the five-Test Ashes series, which starts at Trent Bridge on 10 July.
South African-born Pietersen is a key member of England's middle order having scored 7,499 runs at an average of 49.01 in 94 Test matches.
He has played in three winning Ashes series, scoring three hundreds and eight fifties against Australia, averaging 52.71 in 17 matches.
New Zealand spinner
will miss the two Twenty20 matches because of an Achilles injury.
Injuries also rule Grant Elliott and Tim Southee out of the games.
England Twenty20 squad:
Eoin Morgan (Middlesex, capt), Gary Ballance (Yorkshire), Ravi Bopara (Essex), Danny Briggs (Hampshire), Jos Buttler (Somerset), Jade Dernbach (Surrey), Alex Hales (Nottinghamshire), Michael Lumb (Nottinghamshire), *Kevin Pietersen (Surrey), Boyd Rankin (Warwickshire), Ben Stokes (Durham), James Tredwell (Kent), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire), Luke Wright (Sussex).
*Pietersen will be available for the match on 27 June only.
New Zealand Twenty20 squad:
Brendon McCullum (capt), Corey Anderson, Doug Bracewell, Ian Butler, James Franklin, Martin Guptill, Roneel Hira, Tom Latham, Mitchell McClenaghan, Nathan McCullum, Kyle Mills, Colin Munro, Hamish Rutherford, Ross Taylor.
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