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Pietersen shares England assurance

Kevin Pietersen speaks exclusively to ecb.co.uk in this Hard Graft video

Kevin Pietersen revealed a quiet confidence in England’s camp with key batsmen finding form before the Ashes defence.

The talismanic strokemaker cited the form of captain Alastair Cook and Jonathan Trott as encouraging signs ahead of the first Test at Brisbane in a fortnight.

Cook and Trott’s runs, 766 and 445 respectively, were vital to England’s 3-1 win Down Under three years ago and the pair are shaping up nicely this time.

Trott, who struggled somewhat in the summer’s Investec Ashes victory, hit an unbeaten 113 versus a Western Australia Chairman’s XI at Perth last week. Cook has also registered a century in his sole innings on the tour.

Rain prevented Cook from adding to his 154 on day two against Australia A in Hobart, having shared an unbroken 318 with Michael Carberry, but it did not dampen Pietersen’s mood.

“The guys are incredibly chilled. I think because we’ve been here before, we’ve won in Australia before, we’re quietly confident about our business,” Pietersen told ecb.co.uk.

“I think the key to a good summer here is knowing we can improve on the way that we played. That’s the exciting thing and that’s why there’s a good calmness in our dressing room.

“Trotty sort of struggled a little bit in the summer. Trott got a hundred already, Cook gets 150 already so the batters are shaping up well.

“It would have been nice to have got a bowl but I don’t think the rain is going to stop in Hobart for the next couple of days. But it’s good fun. The boys are loving it. The environment is top drawer.”

Pietersen and his fellow tourists made the most of the wet weather in Tasmania by taking to the gym.

The 33-year-old, who will be hoping to bat during the last two days against Australia A, was particularly excercising his legs in light of the slight knee trouble he has had this year.

“I broke my sugar diet last night, which I documented, so it’s time to go work it off,” he said. “I’m just working on my legs, trying to make sure my legs hold up.

“I’ve obviously had a knee issue so I’ve just got to make sure my rehab continues or else I could break down and I don’t want to break down. I want to play the whole series, an exciting series.

“On rainy days what can you do? A good hour, hour and a half in the gym is good. All the lads are going through it. It’s like a hive of activity at the moment.

“It’s good. It’s good to see the guys working as hard as they are. The guys are incredibly fit.”

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