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Pietersen says his confidence is mistaken for arrogance

November 19, 2013 14:07 IST

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England batsman Kevin Pietersen believes his self-confidence is often perceived as arrogance but says he can live with that public image.

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The 33-year-old batsman, who left his native South Africa to pursue cricket in England, will be playing his 100th Test match at the Brisbane Ashes opener starting on Thursday.

Pietersen's brash public persona alienates many fans in his adopted country and he has had problems with England teammates as well.


Image: Kevin Pietersen waits to bat during an England nets session
Photographs: Gareth Copley/Getty Images

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It is his ability to reduce some of the best bowlers to hapless bystanders that makes it impossible to ignore him and Pietersen credited it to his self-confidence.

"I've got to be confident in my ability," he said. "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. I think a lot of great sportsmen out there have that little bit something special to them that makes them want to be the best.

"I call it confidence. You guys call it arrogance."


Image: Kevin Pietersen of England speaks with Steven Finn
Photographs: Gareth Copley/Getty Images

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Pietersen's relations with the country's cricket board hit a low in 2012 when he was dropped for the final Test against South Africa at Lord's in August following a controversial text-message row.

The top order batsman, who has made 7887 runs with 23 centuries in test, said he has learnt lessons from his mistakes.

"We're getting on really well, all winning together," he said. "We've all played a lot of cricket together ... these things happen. You have ups and downs. We all make mistakes."


Image: Kevin Pietersen and Alastair Cook of England
Photographs: Gareth Copley/Getty Images

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