Kevin Pietersen makes England return in T20 clash with Kiwis

Kevin Pietersen is returning to England duty in good form, according to stand-in skipper Eoin Morgan. Pietersen faces New Zealand in the second Twenty20 international at the Oval on Thursday, with England one down in the two-match series. It is his first England game since a knee injury forced him out of the tour of New Zealand in March. Morgan said: "He takes a lot of pride in when he goes out there and bats. He looks in good form."

Pietersen returned from injury in a County Championship match for Surrey, scoring 177 not out in a drawn game against Yorkshire over the weekend. And Morgan, a stand-in for rested captain Stuart Broad, wants Pietersen to help England come back from Tuesday’s defeat by New Zealand, when they fell five runs short of the Kiwi’s imposing 201 for four. "What he brings to the table, probably very few people in the world can," Morgan told the ECB website. "He can take the game away from you at any stage and we saw during the week the way he performed."

After the Twenty20 game, Pietersen will join up with the England squad for their Ashes warm-up match against Essex, which starts on Sunday. The Test series against Australia starts at Trent Bridge on 10 July.