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Graeme Swann has denied criticising Kevin Pietersen © AFP


Jan 26, 2014


Kevin Pietersen has found an able ally in Graeme Swann who believes that the dashing batsman can bounce back and get amongst the runs after receiving criticism during England’s 0-5 humiliation in the 2013-14 Ashes by Australia recently.


Swann squashed reports that he himself criticised Pietersen by saying that “some players were bigger than the game” earlier, reported sportinglife.


Swann who retired from Test cricket midway through the Ashes, said to the Sun that Pietersen should be included as an important member in England’s future cricketing plans.


“England’s short-term future should include Pietersen. People seem keen to create a rift between Kevin and the rest of the team. Among the more ludicrous stories was one claiming he did not go to the team’s Christmas lunch,” said Swann.


“I know he did – because I sat next to him. Since being reintegrated in 2012, his attitude has been great. He was England’s top run scorer in the Ashes and is one of the world’s best players, so why get rid of him?” added Swann.


“At my retirement press conference, I made some comments about certain players being ‘up their own backsides’ – but I wasn’t having a go at Kevin or any other England player,” concluded Swann who maintains that he did not criticise Pietersen after he retired from  cricket during the Ashes.