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Graeme Swann: What he said, really meant and definitely didn’t

Swann bowling against Sri Lanka at Lord's in t...

Swann bowling against Sri Lanka at Lord’s in the second Test. Scorecard. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Graeme Swann hopes to bury Kevin Pietersen and his autobiography 20,000 leagues under the sea.

What he said:

“I expected it to be the biggest work of fiction since Jules Verne and that seems to have happened.”

Graeme Swann has little time for Kevin Pietersen and his rantings. The former England off-spinner and KP’s ex-teammate dismissed his allegations of being a bully during his tenure with the squad.

“The one thing will say. I immediately realised it was codswallop when I read the character assassination of Matt Prior. Tragically I don’t think Kev realises the one person who fought tooth and nail to keep him in the side is the one person he is now assassinating: Matt Prior.

Kevin has been quite clever because the guys still playing he has left alone and he hopes to get back in again one day. He has picked on people who he thinks can’t answer back.”

He added:

“If that was the case a lot of people would have flagged it up before. We had a magnificent team ethos and team spirit until Mitchell Johnson took his blindfold off and then it all fell apart.

It was strange to watch my team-mates this summer, all those people I’d bullied all those years. I’d have loved to have been out there giving them Chinese burns.”

Paul Downton said:

“What I do know is there’s been no formal or informal complaint about bullying.”

Matt Prior tweeted:

What Swann really meant:

“No one really expected KP’s book to be complimentary of his teammates or the then-administration. Of course, I’m surprised by the allegations. But what did I lose out on? Nothing! So I’ll keep mum and say nothing about being a bit of a bully on the field. An atmosphere of fear? Ha! Not something to complain about when I’m the one held in awe.”

What he definitely didn’t:

“I’m going to be attending a seminar by Mitchell Johnson ‘Bullying and harassment on the cricket field: How to confront and overcome it’.”

Kevin Pietersen: What he said, really meant and definitely didn’t

Kevin Pietersen promises to shoot from the hip in his autobiography, ‘KP: The Autobiography‘.

What he said:

Kevin Pietersen was the scapegoat for the Ashes debacle Down Under. Is that still news?

It is when you are promoting your version of events in your ghost-written biography. Hagiography, perhaps?

Pietersen publicized his to-be-released book with a series of one-on-one interviews beginning with the Daily Telegraph.

What he really meant:

“I was not the only non-performer on the Ashes tour. But I was the one with a history of run-ins with the authorities in the past. It was a  convenient excuse for them and they went to town with it.”

What he definitely didn’t:

“Am I the GOAT or what?”




Matt Prior: What he said, really meant and definitely did not

Matt Prior in the field for Sussex during a CB...

What he said:

“I got chewed up and spat out.”

Matt Prior, in an interview, discloses that he almost gave up the game when he first made it into  the English cricket XI.

Prior said: “"I never thought I didn’t belong at this level but I did think about knocking keeping on the head and playing just as a batter.”

The wicketkeeper batsman adds: “It’s not the good times that make you the player and person you are, it’s the bad times.

I was called an uneducated skinhead and people were even having a go at my mother for things I was supposed to have done. It was a complete character assassination. It all killed me. But it spurred me on and I’ve emerged stronger."

What he really meant:

“I felt like tobacco—masticated, used and spat out.”

What he definitely didn’t:

“I still have bite marks on me.Love bites from the game, these.”

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