New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum keen to face Kevin Pietersen

It was a heartening innings for England ahead of next month's Ashes defence against Australia and Pietersen was specifically named as being available for Thursday's fixture when England named their T20 squad last week.

updated: June 26, 2013 09:00 IST
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London: New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum insists he is relishing the prospect of going up against Kevin Pietersen in the second Twenty20 international at The Oval on Thursday, saying the "game's better" when the star batsman is involved.

Pietersen hasn't played for England since leaving the tour of New Zealand in March with a knee injury that sidelined him from all cricket until last week.

But the South Africa-born shotmaker returned to action in spectacular style by making an unbeaten 177 for Surrey in their County Championship match away to Yorkshire, an innings featuring 17 fours and seven sixes.

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