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Pietersen suffers hand injury on Surrey return

Kevin Pietersen's long-awaited return to domestic cricket ended prematurely as England's record run-scorer was substituted in the field during Surrey's match with MCC Universities Oxford.

Steve Leach, the students' left-handed opening batsman, edged a Gareth Batty off break delivery towards Pietersen at short fine leg.

Kevin Pietersen said he was fine. Credit: PA

The 34-year-old, who made 170 on Sunday but did not bat in Surrey's second innings, tumbled as he attempted to take the catch, but the ball evaded him.

Pietersen shook his hand gingerly and laughed as he left the field before the tea interval and he did not return for the final session of the pre-season friendly, but was said to be "fine" by Surrey.

Stewart tells Pietersen to force England issue

Kevin Pietersen hit 170 against Oxford University. Credit: PA

Kevin Pietersen has been told to make the England selectors' lives difficult after his barnstorming start to the summer.

England's exiled record run-scorer made 170 off 149 balls for Surrey against MCC Universities Oxford at The Parks on Sunday, the first day of the three-day pre-season warm-up game.

Anyone who scores runs will ask questions of the selectors.

Kevin shouldn't look any further than the next innings, whether it's here or down at Cardiff (in the County Championship opener with Glamorgan).

If he strings hundreds together - and the reason we signed him is because we want him to score hundreds, double hundreds, help us win games and be successful - it will be interesting to see where it may lead to.

No-one has got any idea whether Kevin Pietersen will play for England again.

The only people that know that are those who are currently picking the England side.

At the moment he's not being considered because he hasn't played red ball cricket for the last 14 months.

– Alec Stewart speaking to Press Association

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