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England batsman Kevin Pietersen has negated claims of arrogance, after a Brisbane-based newspaper labelled him "Mr Ego" ahead of the first Ashes Test, which will get underway on Thursday.

England batsman Kevin Pietersen has negated claims of arrogance, after a Brisbane-based newspaper labelled him "Mr Ego" ahead of the first Ashes Test, which will get underway on Thursday.

Pietersen, who was born in South Africa, was pictured on the front page of the <i>Courier-Mail</i> – with the article headline reading: "He's so arrogant not even his own team likes him."

"I've got to be confident in my ability," said Pietersen. "Clearly, as a South African coming into England, I had to really fight some tough battles and had to be single-minded in achieving what I've had to try and achieve.

"I can't help people thinking that I'm arrogant. I think a lot of great sportsmen out there have that little bit of something to them that makes them try and be the best and want to be the best.

"I call it confidence. You guys, the media, call it arrogance, it makes for better headlines."

Speculation that Pietersen might retire after this tour of Australia has been rife, but he was prompt in quashing the rumours. He is eager to completed 10,000 Test runs (he currently has 7,887), he wants to win the 2015 World Cup and score a Test century in his country of birth.

"Fortunately with this side we've won everything. We've won a T20 World Cup, we've won Ashes home and away, we've won in India," he added. "The World Cup 2015 is something I'd love to have a go at with England. I've also got home and away tons against each country apart from South Africa.

"Our tour to South Africa is 2015-16. If the old man can survive until then, I'd like to get there."

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