Surrey welcome back Pietersen
England batsman Kevin Pietersen will play for Surrey in the LV= County Championship this week following his return from the Indian Premier League.
Pietersen, who demonstrated fine form in the Twenty20 competition after starring on England’s last Test assignment in Sri Lanka, has been named in a 13-man squad to face Worcestershire at New Road.
With Stuart Meaker and Jade Dernbach both on England Lions duty, Surrey have also called up 19-year-old seamer George Edwards, who has impressed for the Second XI this summer.
The match had initially been switched to Kidderminster following flooding at Worcestershire’s ground, but will now take place at its original venue.
Lancashire look set to hand a debut to new signing Ajmal Shahzad when they travel to Sussex, who inflicted a 10-wicket win on the reigning champions at Aigburth last month.
The availability of Shahzad, who has joined the Red Rose on loan from Yorkshire for the remainder of the season, offsets the absence through injury of Tom Smith.
Left-arm spinner Simon Kerrigan also misses out due to his Lions commitments, so Stephen Parry has been named in a 13-man squad.
Like last week, Sussex will have England wicketkeeper Matt Prior available but not Luke Wright.
Jos Buttler has joined Somerset’s extensive injury list, leaving them with just 11 senior players available for their trip to Durham.
The 21-year-old split the webbing on his hand during fielding practice and will be missing along with Nick Compton, who is away with England Lions, and the injured quintet of Marcus Trescothick, Steve Kirby, Gemaal Hussain, Adam Dibble and Jamie Overton.
Director of Cricket Brian Rose told Somerset’s website: “We must have run over a black tiger, rather than a black cat, to cause such a crisis in personnel. I’m beginning to wonder what will happen next!”
Durham, meanwhile, have called up Mark Stoneman and Gordon Muchall as potential replacements for the injured Ben Stokes.
Middlesex can call upon Steven Finn for their match against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge.
The England paceman has been made available for an additional county game ahead of next week’s opening Test against West Indies, with wet weather having restricted his workload in the games against Durham and Worcestershire.
Fellow seamer Toby Roland-Jones is replaced by Corey Collymore after suffering an injury to his foot last week. The club have yet to find out the nature of the problem.
Notts are without Lions skipper James Taylor and Samit Patel, with Riki Wessels and one of Karl Turner or Steven Mullaney set to fill in, but Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann will feature once again.