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I'll be ready for first Test - Pietersen

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Kevin Pietersen

Kevin Pietersen is confident he will return to action soon - and intends to be ready for England's first Test against Sri Lanka in May

England batsman Kevin Pietersen expects to be fit for the first npower Test of the summer but admits he has enjoyed having an extended period away from the game.

Pietersen flew home early from England’s World Cup campaign with a hernia problem, although medical advice suggested the injury would not get significantly worse if he had played through the pain.

He has since undergone an operation and has been spending time with his family instead of continuing on to the Indian Premier League as he was contracted to do.

Although glad of the break from the international treadmill, Pietersen intends to prove he is ready for selection against Sri Lanka at Cardiff on May 26.

“I’m not raring to go right now, not at all. I’m enjoying this break; it’s amazing,” he said.

“I’ve not had a break like this for seven years playing for England. It’s something I’ve really enjoyed.

“But I’m rehabbing three, four, five times a week trying to get things right, just making sure I get myself right, get myself strong, get myself fit.”

He added on Sky Sports News: “I haven’t picked up a cricket bat of late; I haven’t even seen a cricket bat except on TV watching the IPL.

“I’ll start playing probably in the middle of May and try and get ready to prove my fitness for the first Test match.”

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