Kevin Pietersen: 'I lack life confidence'

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Kevin Pietersen says that he is an introvert despite being thought of as a confident, arrogant player.

England batsman Kevin Pietersen has played down being confident and arrogant by revealing that he is an introvert.

The 33-year-old missed the series against New Zealand as well as the ICC Champions Trophy with a bruised knee, but scored 177 runs in his comeback match for Surrey.

While many regard him as brash and ostentatious, Pietersen insists that he is far from that.

"I've got this reputation of being confident, yet I go and do all these psychology tests and I'm an introvert," Pietersen told BBC Sport.

"I'm very much an introverted person, I like my own company, my own family, I don't really go out much.

"I think the confidence has grown from what I've achieved on the cricket field but I'm not as confident as anybody thinks."

The first Ashes Test against Australia begins on July 10 at Trent Bridge.

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