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Richards: SA were always confident

Barry Richards reveals South Africa's upbeat mood ahead of their tour of England to Lord's TV, as well as his belief they will become the world's no.1 Test team at Lord's this week.

Richards was part of the MCC World Cricket committee meeting taking place at the Home of Cricket ahead of the final Test of the series which starts on Thursday.

Watch: Richards on the forthcoming Test

The ex-South Africa and Hampshire batsman said he had learned of the quiet confidence within the Proteas camp while playing golf with Graeme Smith ahead of the trip.

Richards also discussed the Kevin Pietersen saga, sympathising with both the ECB's stance and the England team, who are deprived of arguably their biggest batting talent.

Now 67, Richards is widely regarded as the biggest loss to international cricket during South Africa's isolation in the arpartheid era.

He made two centuries in only four Test appearances - all against Australia in 1970 - before being restricted largely to the first-class game, where he amassed a remarkable 28,358 runs at an average of 54.74 for a number of sides in England, South Africa and Australia.

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