Cricket: Pietersen return with Ponting set to bow out

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Kevin Pietersen’s return to cricket at Headingley today after four months out, makes Yorkshire’s County Championship clash against Surrey the sport’s focal point today.

Pietersen - who lines up alongside Ricky Ponting in the Surrey batting order - aims to confirm his recovery from a knee injury ahead of The Ashes (on July 10).

If he comes through okay, he will play for England in the opening T20 clash with New Zealand at the Oval next Thursday. Yorkshire’s Gary Ballance leave this Headingley clash after two days to join the England T20 squad.

Meanwhile, Ponting, 38, has announced he will retire from all cricket in October.

In the YB40 yesterday, chasing Middlesex’s 218-7, Yorkshire’s score of 81-0 was enough to win by Duckworth/Lewis when the rain came.