Graeme Swann announced his retirement during Ashes 2013-14 © Getty Images
Graeme Swann announced his retirement during Ashes 2013-14 © Getty Images

 

London: Mar 1, 2014

 

Former England spinner Graeme Swann, who quit the national team during the recent Ashes 2013-14 tour, joined the debate, suggesting both Matt Prior and Kevin Pietersen would have been better served discussing their issues on the phone, instead of in public.

 

Swann told BBC Radio 5 Live: “I think Matt’s been a bit naive doing a Q&A in Dubai…you’re never safe in these things. But Kevin has come back in a fairly childish way.

 

“I’m sure he [Pietersen] has still got his [Prior's] mobile number and could have rung him. But public spats are the new thing.”

 

Swann claimed Prior had actually been one of the few England players to support Pietersen’s return to the team following the batsman’s axing for allegedly sending text messages to South Africa players that contained derogatory comments about his team-mates.

 

With that in mind, Swann said he was surprised to hear of the deterioration of their relationship.

 

“Hand on heart I had no inkling of what was about to happen. I’m as intrigued as anyone to know what’s gone on,” Swann added.

 

“Matt was one of Kevin’s biggest allies when a lot of players thought there was no way back for him.

 

“But Alastair Cook and Matt talked us round and said ‘KP can change’ — and he did.

 

“But what’s gone on behind the scenes has obviously upset people to a large extent”