Pietersen joins up with team-mates in Perth

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Pietersen arrived in Australia yesterday

England batsman Kevin Pietersen has joined up with the rest of his team-mates in the Australian city of Perth after being granted compassionate leave by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).

Pietersen did not travel with the rest of the England squad when they left on Wednesday following the death of a close friend.

Despite arriving yesterday, Pietersen was unable to join his team-mates in their training session.

However, he began his preparations for the first Ashes Test, which gets underway on November 21 in Brisbane, by batting in the nets today.

Speaking about Pietersen, England pace bowler Chris Tremlett said: “He’s in good spirits. It’s nice to have him rejoin the camp. We know how destructive he can be. He’s capable of taking any situation away from any opposition. We’re hoping Kevin will be fine when it comes around to going out there.”

England will play their first warm-up match against Western Australia, who will be captained by Michael Beer, on October 31 in Perth.

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