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Ahead of Kevin Pietersen's 100th Test, we look back at some of his more controversial moments.

Last Updated: 19/11/13 9:45am

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Kevin Pietersen's clash with the Australia media is nothing new for the England batsman.

There have been more than a few bumps in the road for the 33-year-old during a 99-Test career.

And ahead of his 100th appearance in the first Ashes Test in Brisbane, we look back at some of the more controversial moments of his career.

January 2005 - Return to South Africa

Pietersen silences the South Africa fans

Born and raised in Natal, Pietersen initially played for his home province before heading to pursue a career in England in frustration with the Proteas' quota system.

When he returned to his homeland wearing the Three Lions, fans made their feelings known by turning their backs when he came to the crease.

Three stunning hundreds later and they could not help but watch.

June 2008 - The switch hit

Pietersen and the 'switch hit'

Found himself at the centre of a media storm over the laws of the game when he unveiled his innovative 'switch hit'.

An extension of the reverse sweep, it involved flipping the entire stance from right-hand to left-hand to take advantage of gaps in the field.

A number of former professionals called for it to be banned and it briefly became a genuinely divisive issue until the ICC ratified it as a legitimate stroke. Much copied, it is now here to stay.

January 2009 - End of an error

Pietersen and Moores clashed in 2009

If Pietersen's New Year's resolution was to relieve himself of the England captaincy, an honour surprisingly handed to him ahead of the statelier Andrew Strauss, then it took him only hours to deliver.

Pietersen told the England and Wales Cricket Board that the team would not progress under coach Peter Moores and called for his removal.

The bold gambit did end Moores' tenure but also made Pietersen's position untenable and he reluctantly stood down too.

March 2011 - Only the brave...

Pietersen blamed the physical toll

When his star batsman took the unilateral decision to leave the World Cup due to a hernia injury, team director Andy Flower left little doubt over his views.

He cited medical advice that Pietersen could have taken painkillers and completed the tournament and added that he might have been "a bit braver".

For his part, the player declared himself "devastated" and the physical toll of international cricket on his body has become a favourite topic.

July 2012 - Not shy but retiring

Shocked fans and pundits alike by announcing his retirement from one-day and Twenty20 cricket.

Behind-the-scenes talks surrounding his desire to end his 50-over career but carry on playing Test and T20 cricket were unsuccessful after the ECB stood firm over the terms of their central contracts.

Pietersen had hopes of helping England defend their World T20 title later that year despite his exit, but the impasse lingered.

August 2012 - Heated at Headingley

Gave a staggering post-match press conference after a wonderful Test century against South Africa - treating Strauss dismissively, hinting he could retire from Tests at the end of the summer and, most famously, declaring "it's hard being me in this dressing room".

Subsequently dropped and declined a central contract as the ECB investigated reports he had sent messages to members of the away team that concerned his own team-mates.

He was later "reintegrated" to the side following an awkward and apologetic press conference alongside ECB chairman Giles Clarke.

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