Injured England duo Kevin Pietersen and Stuart Broad are expected to be fit for the first Test of the Summer against Sri Lanka at the end of May.
A hernia problem forced Pietersen to abandon England’s World Cup campaign early as well as forcing the 31-year old to miss out on the Indian Premier League season after being signed up by Deccan.
With Sri Lanka’s tour of England set to start next month, Pietersen is confident of returning in time for the first Test which is scheduled for May 26 in Cardiff, but admits that he is enjoying being able to spend time with his family away from the game.
“I’m not raring to go right now, not all. I’m enjoying this break, it’s amazing,” he told Sky Sports News.
“I’ve not had a break like this for seven years playing for England. It’s something I’ve really enjoyed.
“But I’m rehabbing three, four, five times a week trying to get things right, just making sure I get myself right, get myself strong, get myself fit.”
He added: “I haven’t picked up a cricket bat of late, I haven’t even seen a cricket bat except on TV watching the IPL.
“I’ll start playing probably in the middle of May and try and get ready to prove my fitness for the first Test match.”
Broad meanwhile is set to feature for county Nottinghamshire before the Sri Lankans arrive, having himself missed the end of England’s World Cup campaign due to a broken rib.
The 26-year old is somewhat more eager than his compatriot to get back into the thick of things with a challenging season ahead for England.
Speaking to the BCC Broad said: “I should get in a couple of games for Notts which will help with my match fitness.”
“It is going to be a huge summer for us with India and Sri Lanka coming over. We have a chance to become world number one but only if we win our matches.”
After England’s failed World Cup campaign Broad was mentioned by Michael Vaughan as a possible replacement as ODI captain for the incumbent Andrew Strauss. Asked about the former skipper’s comments, Broad added: “Of course it is a lovely accolade from Vaughany to do that. I would love to do it at some stage and it is nice to be talked about.
“But my personal opinion is that Straussy should keep going. I believe there is a lot more to come from him.” Cricket365