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Pietersen to return home for birth of first child

England batting mainstay Kevin Pietersen is all set to return home midway through the Twenty20 World Cup in the West Indies to be with his pregnant wife as the couple prepares for the birth of their first child.

cricket Updated: May 09, 2010 11:47 IST

England batting mainstay Kevin Pietersen is all set to return home midway through the Twenty20 World Cup in the West Indies to be with his pregnant wife as the couple prepares for the birth of their first child.

After guiding England to the clinical 39-run win over South Africa with a match-winning 53 in London on Saturday, Pietersen said although he would be heading home within the next 24 hours, he expects to return to the Caribbean should England qualify for the semi-finals, barring any complication.

"It's my first child so it's a hell of an exciting time for me. I'll be dashing across the Atlantic and hopefully dashing back," Pietersen was quoted as saying by the Sky Sports.

"I'm flying back to London in the next 24 hours and hoping everything goes well and according to plan, there's no complications," he said.

"If we get through to the semi-finals, I'll come in the day before the semi-finals," he added.

Before the tournament Pietersen had reached an agreement with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) to allow him to return home at a moment's notice to be with his pop star wife Jessica, who is expecting the couple's first child in the middle of the month.