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    Pietersen scores ton for Surrey

    Pietersen was dropped from the England side following his row over sending text messages to South African players.

    London: Exiled England star Kevin Pietersen showed what his country are missing as the controversial batsman hit a sparkling century for Surrey in a County Championship match against Somerset on Tuesday.

    Pietersen is fighting to save his international career after being dropped by England following a row over the controversial text messages the 32-year-old sent to South Africa players during the recent Test series.

    With no sign that England captain Andrew Strauss and coach Andy Flower are willing to forgive Pietersen for criticising them in the texts, the South Africa-born player has been consigned to county cricket action for the rest of the season.

    And, with England in action against South Africa in the second one-day international at Southampton, Pietersen took the opportunity to underline his talent with a superb innings of 163 from just 168 balls.

    Pietersen smashed the Somerset attack to all parts of Taunton, hitting 20 fours and three sixes, to secure his second county championship century of the season.

    He passed 50 off 66 balls and 100 off 116 as Surrey recovered from 73 for 3 on the first day of the First Division match. Pietersen was the last man out, caught behind by Jos Buttler off the bowling of Sajid Mahmood, as Surrey were dismissed for 317 in their first innings.

    Kevin Pietersen showed what his country are missing as h hit a sparkling century for Surrey in a County Championship match against Somerset.