Elements restrict Pietersen progress
Kevin Pietersen was frustrated in his preparations for the opening Investec Test against West Indies as rain curtailed the first day of Surrey’s LV= County Championship match against Worcestershire at New Road.
Pietersen had been looking to acclimatise to first-class cricket in the Division One encounter after a three-week spell playing for Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League.
But the England batsman was restricted to fielding practice as Worcestershire won the toss and opted to bat, reaching 58 without loss before rain brought play to a halt 15 minutes before lunch.
It is Pietersen’s only appearance for his county before England tackle the Windies at Lord’s next week, heralding the start of a three-match series before they face South Africa later in the summer.
Worcestershire skipper Daryl Mitchell was unbeaten on 30 and Michael Klinger 16 when the action was halted after 26.1 overs.
Rain continued to fall steadily throughout the afternoon before play was finally abandoned for the day at 4.30pm by umpires Peter Willey and Rob Bailey.
Mitchell and Klinger looked relatively untroubled on a slow pitch against a Surrey attack lacking Jade Dernbach and Stuart Meaker, who will be on England Lions duty against West Indies from tomorrow at Wantage Road.
Surrey handed a championship debut to 19-year-old paceman George Edwards, who was the pick of the four-man attack so far employed by skipper Rory Hamilton-Brown.
Tim Linley, sharing the new ball with Jon Lewis, tended to stray too often down the leg-side, but induced one of the few false strokes when Mitchell’s leading edge just eluded him.
The game had originally been switched to nearby Kidderminster after last week’s floods at New Road covered half of the square.
But a rapid improvement in conditions during the last few days meant the game reverted back to its original venue.