Swann: Book may damage KP’s legacy

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Published: Wednesday 15th October 2014 by The News Editor

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Graeme Swann believes the far-reaching consequences from Kevin Pietersen’s autobiography could diminish his former England team-mate’s legacy.

In his book, released last week, Pietersen hit out at a number of key figures from the England set-up, with wicketkeeper Matt Prior and former coach Andy Flower taking the brunt of his angst.

The 34-year-old was sacked from the England team at the start of the year and took aim at those he felt had played a part in his dismissal.

Swann, who retired in the middle of the Ashes whitewash defeat in Australia last winter, as well as fellow bowlers Stuart Broad and James Anderson were accused of ‘running’ the dressing room by Pietersen.

And the former spinner believes the fall-out from all of Pietersen’s allegations may lead to his glittering Test career, in which he amassed over 8,000 runs, being tarnished in years to come.

“You can’t say what people will think but I don’t think he has done himself any favours in the long run – but Kev has always been different,” said Swann.

“It is all because someone is trying to sell a book. Honestly, in two weeks’ time when the inevitable amount of interviews are done, no-one will give a monkeys.

“Certain things you have been led to believe didn’t happen. I think the very fact that however many people have been interviewed, no-one is supporting these claims that Kev has come out with.”

A troublesome elbow injury led to Swann retiring from the game in December 2013, with England 3-0 down in Australia at the time.

Former England batting coach Graham Gooch questioned Swann’s decision, saying in an interview with the Daily Telegraph that it was ‘criminal’ to leave during the tour and that it ‘left a bad taste’.

But Swann has defended his actions as he felt he could not offer anything to the team and suggested Pietersen’s removal from the side could have been handled in a similar way as the South-African born batsman was also no longer at his peak.

“I said at the time that I don’t think it is right and proper to carry on in a sport when you are a hindrance to the team,” added Swann.

“Some think differently, some think you should carry on regardless but I don’t and I never will.

“In retrospect I shouldn’t have gone on the tour at all. I wish, after the Oval, I had read the signs more.

“I have never been a stats man but the stats seemed to suggest that (Pietersen was on the wane). It might have been a cleaner way of doing things and there would have been a lot less blood-letting.”

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Published: Wednesday 15th October 2014 by The News Editor

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