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Strauss ton pleases Pietersen

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Kevin Pietersen was delighted to see Andrew Strauss score his first Test century for almost 18 months last week at Lord’s.

The opening batsman’s first-innings 122 aided England’s five-wicket win in the first of three Investec Tests with West Indies.

Pietersen knew how it felt for Strauss to make his 20th Test hundred, a figure he reached versus Sri Lanka in Colombo last month, having gone without a Test ton from March 2009 to December 2010.

Kevin Pietersen

Kevin Pietersen supports Chance to Shine’s Brit Insurance National Cricket Day at Johanna Primary School in the centre of London today

“I never doubted him, most definitely,” said Pietersen, who was at the crease when Strauss reached three figures on Friday.

“Strauss is a fantastic guy and I was more happy for him scoring that hundred than I have been for any other team-mate when they have scored a hundred. I loved the fact that he did that.

“I have been through a period where I didn’t score a hundred for a while and since then I have scored many.

“This sort of thing just happens. Someone is going to get criticised. That’s just what happens in our job.

“He is a great bloke who had scored 19 Test hundreds and has captained England to home and away Ashes series. It was brilliant for English cricket that he got a hundred.”

Pietersen was supporting Chance to Shine’s Brit Insurance National Cricket Day at Johanna Primary School in central London today.

Chance to Shine is bringing cricket back to state schools and educating over one million children through cricket. £15 will pay for one child to benefit from Chance to Shine for a year.

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