Pietersen finalises Surrey contract


Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen has taken a decisive step in his ambitions to play for the Three Lions again, by signing a deal with former county Surrey for the upcoming season across all formats.

The deal was expected after Pietersen gave up his IPL deal with the Sunrisers Hyderabad on Tuesday, reaffirming his desire to play for England again after new ECB boss Colin Graves said runs would do the job.

Pietersen has not played red ball cricket in a year, and have been playing primarily T20 cricket around the world, aside from his media commitments. He said recently that he would 'do anything' to get back to Test whites.

KP said on Wednesday: "I'm absolutely thrilled to be back at Surrey. It’s a club very close to my heart and Alec Stewart, Graham Ford and everyone at the club has been exceptionally supportive.

"There is a fantastic group of lads here and hopefully we can deliver what the great Surrey fans want to see – lots of runs and comprehensive victories."

The club's director of cricket Alec Stewart commented: "A Kevin Pietersen with ambitions to play for England and a real determination to score big runs for Surrey will be a huge asset to us."

Pietersen has played 104 Tests for England, with an average of 47.28, and 23 centuries. He was their top run-scorer during the Ashes in early 2014, before he was sacked due to differences with the team management.