LONDON - Kevin Pietersen's latest attempt to force his way back into the England reckoning saw him fall cheaply for Surrey on the first day of their County Championship match away to Glamorgan in Cardiff on Sunday.

At Sophia Gardens, the venue for this year's first Ashes Test against Australia, Pietersen fell for 19 in his first County Championship match since June 2019. Last week the 34-year-old Pietersen made 170 for Surrey but that innings, which wasn't in a first-class match, came against the students of MCC Universities Oxford.

Pietersen has not played for England since being controversially axed last year following the 5-0 Ashes series loss in Australia. But incoming England and Wales Cricket Board chairman Colin Graves has suggested Pietersen could force his way back into the England set-up if he scored enough runs in the hard currency of the County Championship.

Sunday saw the South Africa-born former England captain come to the crease with Surrey 111 for two on the first day of this Second Division fixture. He was quickly into his stride with two boundaries, a legside shot followed by a cover-drive, off Andy Carter. Pietersen also drove left-arm spinner Dean Cosker straight back over the bowler's head for four.

However, Pietersen's 28-ball innings ended when he pushed hard at medium-pacer Craig Meschede and saw the ensuing edge held by Colin Ingram at first slip. England's second Test of a three-match series away to the West Indies starts in Grenada on Tuesday. In order for Pietersen to revive his England career, not only must he make runs but the men currently in possession of top-order places also need to fail.

However, the drawn series opener in Antigua saw the top-order trio of Ian Bell (143), Gary Ballance (122) and Joe Root, who made two fifties, all in the runs. England's biggest current batting concerns surround skipper Alastair Cook and fellow opener Jonathan Trott who were both twice dismissed for low scores at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium. Pietersen, however, is not an opening batsman, having spent most of his Test career at number four. And while the England selectors brought back Trott, usually a number three, to open alongside Cook, it seems unlikely they would install Pietersen at the top of the order.