Pietersen set to play in South Africa

England  batsman Kevin Pietersen could play for South African  franchise kwaZulu-Natal Dolphins next month as he seeks a return to formahead of the Ashes series this year.

Reports here said the struggling South Africa-born star,  who began his first class career with the Durban outfit 13 years  ago, hopes to play two SuperSport Series national four-day championship matches.

Pietersen has reportedly received clearance from the England and  Wales Cricket Board but needs a ‘green light’ from Cricket South  Africa, who must authorise international players appearing for local franchises.

The batsman is experiencing a difficult time on and off the pitch  with a solitary half century for England this season and his last  ton came against the West Indies more than a year ago.

England selectors axed him from the Twenty20 and one-day series  against Pakistan this month, claiming he needed to play as much cricket as possible ahead of the showdown with Australia.

Pietersen was fined an undisclosed fee after posting a message on  Twitter, including an expletive, revealing he had been dropped for  the T20 and ODI series before it was officially announced.