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England loses first Ashes Test

Australia has claimed victory in the first Test of the Ashes series after winning by a significant 381 runs.

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Kevin Pietersen: I'm confident not arrogant

Kevin Pietersen has laughed off suggestions that he is arrogant, insisting he is just confident in his own ability, ahead of the start of the Ashes on Thursday.

The England batsman, who is on the brink of winning his 100th Test cap, has been confronted with headlines about his arrogant nature in the Australian press since his arrival in the country.

Speaking at a news conference, Pietersen said: "I can't help people thinking I'm arrogant.I call it confidence - confidence in my ability - wanting to perform every single day.

"I call it confidence; you guys call it arrogance, because it makes for a better headline."

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