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Kevin Pietersen back from the IPL to play for Surrey

England batsman Kevin Pietersen has been named in a 13-man squad for Surrey’s LV=County Championship match against Worcestershire this week.

Pietersen is included in the Surrey squad for the first time this season having returned from a winter with England and playing in the Indian Premier League with the Delhi Daredevils.

George Edwards, who has been in excellent form with the ball for the Surrey Second XI, has also been included in the squad.

Jade Dernbach and Stuart Meaker are both away with the England Lions who play the West Indies in Northampton this week.

Surrey and Worcestershire met earlier in the season at the Kia Oval but the weather had the final say as the game ended in a draw.

Surrey Team Director Chris Adams said, “We are looking forward to getting back to playing Championship cricket again.

“Because of the weather our last game against Durham was washed out so it is over a fortnight since we played in the Championship and it will be good to get back into four day cricket.”

“We are delighted to have KP back with us and he will be looking to make a real impact as he gets back into the rhythm of playing the longer form of the game.”

“Once again our preparation has been thorough and by getting back to back wins in the CB40 competition last week we have spent quality time in the middle.

“That time will be of real benefit to us as we take on a good Worcestershire side once again over four days.”

The match had initially been switched switched to Kidderminster due to flooding at New Road but it has now been decided that the ground has recovered sufficiently for the match to be played in Worcester.

Saeed Ajmal re-signs for Worcestershire for T20

Worcestershire have confirmed Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal will return to the club for the duration of this summer’s Friends Life t20 competition.

Ajmal, who played for Worcestershire last season, was man of the series in Pakistan’s whitewash of England.

He collected 24 wickets in just three matches including his career best Test bowling figures of 7-55.

“I really enjoyed my time at New Road in 2011 and look forward to returning this summer to help inspire the club to Friends Life t20 success,” said Ajmal, who is ranked second in the ICC’s Twenty20 bowling rankings.

Ajmal will join Worcestershire as their second overseas player for the domestic T20 competition, along with Australia batsman Phil Hughes, who is with Worcestershire for the entire 2012 English county season.

Ajmal’s previous spell for the County saw him take 16 Friends Life t20 wickets at an average of just over 11, with an economy rate of less than 6 runs per over.

Worcestershire director of Cricket, Steve Rhodes, said “Saeed showed last summer when playing for us what a quality bowler he is.

“His recent performances against England only go to back this up and we are delighted that he has agreed to return to New Road for a second time.”

Worcestershire sign Australia opener Phil Hughes

Worcestershire have signed Australian Test opener Phil Hughes for the second half of the 2012 season. Hughes will arrive at New Road during the first week of June 2012.

“I’m absolutely thrilled to be heading back to England in 2012. Worcestershire is a quality organisation and I can’t wait to meet my new teammates and re-acquaint myself with English conditions”, said Hughes.

“My previous stint in England helped my batting enormously and I have high expectations that spending the 2012 Australian winter in the UK will do the same.

“I look forward to helping Worcestershire be a force in all forms of the game in 2012.”

Hughes earned his call-up to the Australian team aged just 20 and soon became the youngest player to score successive centuries in both innings of a Test Match. During his Test career, Hughes has scored 1048 runs in 16 matches.

Worcestershire director of cricket Steve Rhodes said, ” To gain the signature of the current Australian Test match opener is a tremendous boost for the club and the players for the 2012 season.

“Phil is a heavy run scorer with a career ratio of a century every four games in first-class cricket.

“In 2009, he amassed 574 first-class runs in three games for Middlesex, including three centuries, which demonstrates his hunger for run scoring.

” I look forward to working closely with Phil during the second half of the season.”

Worcestershire sign Kemar Roach to replace Saeed Ajmal

Worcestershire CCC has signed West Indian paceman Kemar Roach for the end of the 2011 season.

Roach will replace Worcestershire CCC’s current overseas international Saeed Ajmal, who is returning to his national side to participate in a training camp prior to Pakistan’s tour of Zimbabwe.

Roach said, “I am delighted to sign for Worcestershire CCC and to be able to play county cricket for the first time.”

“Growing up in Barbados, every young cricketer aspired to play for the West Indies and to play county cricket. Many of my heroes like Lara, Walsh and Ambrose spent time in the county game and I view it as a huge challenge.

“Even though I am only going to be joining for a short period, I believe this stint gives me the chance to make an impact on the Club and on county cricket and hopefully be the start of a long relationship with Worcestershire CCC.”

Director of Cricket, Steve Rhodes,said, “To have one of the fastest bowlers in the world in our team for the last few games of the season can only be a huge plus factor. Albeit a short stint, I know that Kemar is determined to make an impact on the county scene.”

Ajmal claimed 36 wickets for the county across all forms of cricket. He currently stands as the Club’s highest wicket taker in List A cricket during the 2011 season, taking 11 wickets.

Regarding Ajmal’s departure Rhodes said, :We’ve enjoyed Saeed’s involvement with the team and he’s been a model professional both on and off the field.”

“We’d like to thank Saeed for the time he has spent with us, and also for his help in guiding and inspiring some of our younger bowlers.”

“Obviously we were disappointed that he’s had to leave us early but in the hectic international schedule we recognise that international cricket comes first.”