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Kevin Pietersen's Hampshire future in doubt

Kevin Pietersen
Pietersen avoids a bouncer during Hampshire's FP t20 win over Surrey

Hampshire batsman Kevin Pietersen has cast doubt over his future commitment to staying at The Rose Bowl.

The 29-year-old England star made his first Hampshire appearance in two years in Sunday's FP t20 win over Surrey.

That was only his 11th Hampshire game in the last four years and his contract is up at the end of the season.

But, asked if he would like to feature more for Hampshire, Pietersen told BBC Radio Solent: "Geographically, it just doesn't work. I live in Chelsea."

As a centrally-contracted England player, Pietersen's availability for county cricket is minimal.

He will be back at The Rose Bowl on 22 June, as England open their NatWest ODI series against Australia.

Asked for his thoughts ahead of the game on his 'home ground', South Africa-born Pietersen said: "It's just another one-day international at another cricket ground.

"Every time you play for England it's special."

Despite the uncertainty over his future with Hampshire, who he joined from Nottinghamshire in 2005, Pietersen said: "I've always loved coming to play here.

"They're a great bunch of lads. It's good fun."

Since leaving Trent Bridge at the end of the 2004 season, Pietersen has made just two Twenty20 appearances for Hampshire in six summers.

He has made seven County Championship appearances and played in 17 one-day games.



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