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Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen has announced that he will make his County Championship comeback with Surrey in September.
Pietersen will play in the NatWest T20 Blast Finals Day on August 23 before going on to represent Surrey in their last two County Championship matches against Worcestershire and Derbyshire.
“I probably should have played a little bit more cricket than I have,” Pietersen told All Out Cricket magazine. “If you really want to perform in T20 cricket, I think you need to have your eye in. I do think you need to be playing cricket regularly.
“I found out this year that just playing Friday night games doesn’t work, and it is good that I found it out because I am only 34 and I am still going to be playing for another four or five years. And I have understood that I need to play a lot more cricket in order to be successful and that is what I am going to do. And if I am playing in England next year I have to play a lot more cricket to be more successful in the shorter form of the game.
“I find tournaments like the CPL, the Big Bash and IPL – which play a lot – much easier because there is much more time in the environment. You spend 24/7 with the players. In England, playing once a week, it’s much harder because playing once a week means you are training once a week. If you are going to attack from ball one you need to have that rhythm to do it.”
Pietersen’s last County Championship match came in June 2013 when he made an unbeaten 177 for Surrey at Headingley.
“I am going to play in September to try and help Surrey get promoted,” Pietersen said. “I have said to Surrey I want to do everything I can to try and help them to get promotion, because I want Surrey to play first division cricket. I love Surrey, they have been fantastic to me, and I want to continue to give back to them because I love the club. I love the players, coaches and the management.”