Graeme Swann: What he said, really meant and definitely did not
Graeme Swann Provides Skipper Material
What he said:
“I lose my rag fairly easily, so the captains I’ve enjoyed playing under are the ones who don’t get flustered in the middle even when the pressure is on.”
Graeme Swann expounds on his reasons why Kevin Pietersen was not the right choice for skipper of the English cricket side.
Swann wrote—in the Sun:
There is no doubt Kevin Pietersen is a really fine batsman but he was never the right man to captain England.
Some people are better leaders of men and Kev, for all his talent, is not one of those natural leaders.
The English off-spinner further elaborated that he needed someone “who can calm me down”.
Swann said—of Pietersen:
“At one point in India, his leadership was reduced to screaming ‘F****** bowl f****** straight’ at everyone.”
Swann contrasts Andrew Strauss’ leadership saying “he is one of those guys who demands respect.”
The No. 1 Test bowler in the world commended Strauss:
He always says the right things and his word is never questioned.
If you were in the trenches, you’d pick him to be in charge and his captaincy is founded on leading from the front. He can be hard-nosed, too, if necessary.
What Graeme Swann really meant:
“You can rest assured asking me to ‘F****** bowl f****** straight’ got me to do anything but that.”
What Graeme Swann definitely didn’t:
“Just give us a ‘F****** skipper’—as long as it’s not me.”