I'm confident, not arrogant: Kevin Pietersen ahead of 100th Test

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

updated: November 19, 2013 13:17 IST
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Brisbane: England's Kevin Pietersen insisted on Tuesday he is not arrogant, just confident, as he prepares to pad up for his 100th Test in this week's Ashes opener against Australia.

The South African-born star batsman was splashed on the front page of the local newspaper in Brisbane this week under the headline: "He's so arrogant not even his own team likes him."

But Pietersen, 33, tagged "Mr Ego" by the Brisbane Courier-Mail, responded to the claims at a media conference before Thursday's first Test at the Gabba.

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