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Home / Cricket News / England captain Alastair Cook welcomes Kevin Pietersen’s rehabilitation progress

England captain Alastair Cook welcomes Kevin Pietersen’s rehabilitation progress

“He’s practising first of all and it’s encouraging that he’s progressing
well from that injury.

“Things are looking positive on that note and hopefully it’s not too long
until he’s out in the middle.”

For now, though, Cook’s immediate focus is on tomorrow’s first one-day
international match against New Zealand and the global tournament that
follows.

“We’ve got three games here in this very important series, then the
Champions Trophy and we want to win as many of those games as possible,”
he said.

“Winning breeds confidence and any time you have recent success over an
opposition you take confidence.

“It’s a really good test in our conditions.”

Surrey seamer Jade Dernbach has been added to England’s squad for the ODI
series against New Zealand.

Dernbach will provide cover for Yorkshire’s Tim Bresnan, whose wife is
expected to give birth during the three-match NatWest Series.

Bresnan has not played for England since January’s one-day series in India,
after which he was sent for an elbow operation.

He has been back in action for Yorkshire, but England will be hoping to see
him in international action before the start of the Champions Trophy.

England’s first game of the tournament, against Sri Lanka in Cardiff, is just
four days after their final match against New Zealand.

As such, Dernbach – who is not part of the Champions Trophy squad – may be
unlikely to play even if Bresnan is unavailable.

Instead, the likes of of Chris Woakes, Ravi Bopara and James Tredwell will all
be angling for game time.

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