Kevin Pietersen Fails to Fire on Return to Action in England

It was not a happy homecoming for England discard Kevin Pietersen as the veteran batsman could only score five runs for Surrey against Essex before falling to Ravi Bopara.

updated: June 07, 2014 11:22 IST
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London: Kevin Pietersen suffered a disappointing return to action in English cricket as he scored just five runs for Surrey in their five-wicket defeat against Essex on Friday. Pietersen's flop came in a domestic Twenty20 clash at the Oval, where the controversial batsman was playing for the first time on home soil since his acrimonious removal from the England team in the aftermath of the dismal Ashes whitewash in Australia.

To add insult to injury for the South Africa-born star, who was reportedly axed by England due to the breakdown of his relationship with several senior players, he had been teased by former England team-mate Ravi Bopara on Twitter earlier on Friday, with the Essex allrounder telling him; "Don't let me get you out".

That was exactly what happened as Pietersen tried to smash Bopara over the long-on rope but only found the hands of Ryan ten Doeschate for five. Pietersen walked out to the middle to loud cheers, his seasonal debut having been delayed because of a finger injury suffered playing for Delhi Daredevils in the IPL, but was soon heading back to the dressing room.

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