Pietersen typically confident ahead of 100th Test

Brisbane, AFP | Updated : 19 November 2013, 01:20 PM

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.

First Published: Tuesday, November 19, 2013 01:19 PM
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