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Kevin Pietersen nears Surrey deal after his IPL release

By Staff Reporter

Kevin Pietersen has agreed a release from his Indian Premier League contract as he seeks a new deal with Surrey to try to reignite his hopes of an England recall.

Pietersen was axed by England in February 2014 after their whitewash in Australia, but is hoping for a still unlikely international return in time for this summer's Ashes rematch.

He confirmed, on his website kevinpietersen.com, that he has taken another key step to that end by agreeing a release from the majority of his contract with the Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Pietersen said: "I'm hugely grateful for all the support and understanding I've received from everyone at the Sunrisers and the IPL.

"My focus is now very much on the upcoming season in England, and I'm absolutely determined to score as many runs as possible."

Surrey de-registered Pietersen at the end of last season but have nonetheless long been front-runners to re-sign him.

His availability for all formats, as soon as possible, has appeared a starting point for that to happen - and Pietersen's presence in early season, rather than spending six weeks at the IPL, is therefore a key development in the saga.

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