Table-topping Tykes set for tough test against Pietersen and Ponting

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Yorkshire’s young table-topping guns will encounter probably their toughest test to date tomorrow when they entertain Surrey at Headingley.

The visitors, of course, boast the batting prowess of both Australian legend Ricky Ponting, and England star Kevin Pietersen.

The four-day game will be Pietersen’s first outing in three months after a knee injury, as he battles to be fit for the Ashes before the first test at Trent Bridge on July 10.

Yorkshire go into the game top of the Division One table with four wins from their eight games. This is the last round of County Championship games, before a break for Twenty20 action.

“All players want to test themselves against the best, and Ricky and Kevin are two wonderful cricketers,” Yorkshire coach Jason Gillespie said.

“Our players are very excited about the opportunity to compete against such quality batsmen.”

Surrey, in comparison, are still searching for their first four-day win of the campaign, having lost six and drawn two so far.

“I think it’s going to make for a great contest,” Gillespie added.

“Hopefully we can maintain our standards in the four-day competition.”