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Pietersen typically confident ahead of 100th test

Brisbane: Kevin Pietersen says his relationship with teammates is good and he`s as confident as ever ahead of his 100th Test match for England.

The South Africa-born batsman was greeted with a barrage of tabloid criticism after arriving in Brisbane, venue for the first Ashes Test starting Thursday.

Pietersen told a news conference he enjoys the lively and combative cricket coverage but said his confidence has been confused with arrogance.

Pietersen says "I`ve got to be confident in my ability. As a South African coming to England, I had to really fight some tough battles and had to be single minded in achieving what I`ve had to achieve -- I can`t help people thinking I`m arrogant."

The 33-year-old Pietersen made his Test debut in England`s Ashes-winning series in 2005.

From Zee News

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