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Australian cricketer gets Phil Hughes tattoo

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Victoria Bushrangers captain and Australian wicket keeper Matthew Wade has paid tribute to his former international team-mate, Phil Hughes, with a tattoo of the late cricketer on his right arm.

Hughes passed away aged 25 in November after being struck on the head by a ball during an Australian domestic match in Sydney.

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Surrey confirm signing of batsman Pietersen

Surrey have confirmed the signing of batsman Kevin Pietersen for the upcoming season.

The South African-born batsman is hoping to make a return to the England team by making himself available for county cricket.

Kevin Pietersen will be playing for Surrey. Credit: PA

I’m absolutely thrilled to be back at Surrey. It’s a club very close to my heart and Alec Stewart, Graham Ford and everyone at the club has been exceptionally supportive.

There is a fantastic group of lads here and hopefully we can deliver what the great Surrey fans want to see – lots of runs and comprehensive victories.

– Kevin Pietersen

Pietersen released from IPL contract

Kevin Pietersen is trying to get back into the England squad. Credit: PA

Sunrisers Hyderabad have agreed to release Kevin Pietersen for the first phase of the Indian Premier League 2015, they have announced in a joint statement with the batsman.

Pietersen will "join a domestic county with the aim of earning a place in the England squad for the upcoming Ashes series" instead, according to the statement.

I'm hugely grateful for all the support and understanding I've received from everyone at the Sunrisers and the IPL.

My focus is now very much on the upcoming season in England and I'm absolutely determined to score as many runs as possible.

To once again put on that England shirt would be a privilege and an honour, but now I have to focus on performing domestically and give myself the best possible chance of meriting selection.

– Kevin Pietersen

Pietersen set to withdraw from IPL deal

Kevin Pietersen is trying to get back into the England squad. Credit: PA

Kevin Pietersen's plans to return to county cricket with Surrey moved a significant step closer after he endorsed reports that he is about to agree a release from his Indian Premier League contract.

Pietersen, axed by England in February 2014 after their Ashes whitewash in Australia but hoping for a still unlikely international recall, retweeted an update in the Daily Telegraph announcing the Sunrisers Hyderabad are preparing imminently to release him from his IPL commitments with them over the next two months.

That will be a key development as the record-breaking 34-year-old batsman seeks a new deal with Surrey - who de-registered him at the end of last season.

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Somerset snap up big hitter Gayle

Gayle is heading to Taunton. Credit: PA

West Indies master-blaster batsman Chris Gayle will play for Somerset in this summer's NatWest T20 Blast.

Destructive opener Gayle will join Somerset in late May, the exact date of his arrival depending on his involvement in the knockout stages of the Indian Premier League, and he will remain with them until June 13.

Somerset hope the 35-year-old will therefore be available for six matches.

Guptill makes World Cup history with double century

Martin Guptill has become the first man to score a double hundred in a Cricket World Cup knockout match as New Zealand racked up a commanding lead against West Indies.

Martin Guptill celebrates his record-breaking innings Credit: Reuters

The 28-year-old batsman survived an early scare in the opening over of the quarter-final before going on to score 237 off 163 balls - including 24 fours and 11 sixes, one of which found the roof of Wellington's Westpac Stadium in the final over.

After posting the highest individual score in a World Cup match, Guptill left his team in an extremely strong position to win as they reached 393 for six.

Guptill was undoubtedly the star of the opening innings - but he was given an extra life in the very first over when he was dropped by West Indies' Marlon Samuels. After that, the Aucklander never looked back after that and at the end of his innings left the field to a standing ovation.

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