Swann says he stands by what he said about Pietersen

Swann says he stands by what he said about Pietersen

Last Updated: Fri, Oct 28, 2011 10:37 hrs

England off-spinner Graeme Swann has said that he stands by what he said about Kevin Pietersen in his autobiography, and adds that his comments had nothing to do with what happened to the team during the recent one-day series against India.

"People have claimed my observation that KP is not a natural leader and should not have captained England has caused dressing-room divisions and a breakdown in team spirit.

Well, anybody who thinks that does not know this England team," said Swann.

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In a write-up for the Sun, Swann further said: "The reason we lost the one-day series 5-0 to India is because we've been outplayed in conditions which suit the home team. No excuses, we've been hammered."

"As soon as SunSport serialised my autobiography, I spoke to Kevin and explained exactly what I'd written, why I'd written it and that it was not intended as a personal attack on him. He accepted that and we shook hands. My relationship with Kevin is exactly the same now as before the book was published," Swann said.

"Really, my words were more of a glowing endorsement of Andrew Strauss' captaincy. Because I get very emotional on the field, Straussy is the perfect foil and helps calm me down. By contrast, Kev is a similar character to me - he gets involved and his emotions can run high. It would have been easy to splurge out 300 anodyne pages but I wanted to be honest. The only person I attack in the book is myself. I've been very scathing about my flaws and shortcomings," Swann said.

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