There was no love misplaced between him and Kevin Pietersen throughout their enjoying days however when it got here to successful video games of cricket for England, they forgot their private dislike for one another, mentioned the previous England off-spinner Graeme Swann.
Part of a vastly profitable English facet, Swann and Pietersen had performed pivotal roles in England reaching the head on the earth rankings and claiming the Ashes sequence each residence and away.
“We are a team that got to number one in the world, and in a team there are always going to be individuals. Ninety-nine per cent of that side were all in it for the team,” the previous off-spinner mentioned in a podcast known as ‘In the Pink’.
One of the most effective England batsman, Pietersen was a controversial determine within the crew. He had a short stint as England captain in 2008 when he lead the crew in three Tests and 10 ODIs.
But he needed to step down after an unsightly spat with then coach Peter Moores.
Swann, who grabbed 255 wickets in 60 Test matches, mentioned regardless of his variations, he shared Pietersen’s lack of respect for authority and wished him within the crew for his batting prowess.
“With Kevin Pietersen, we had a situation where he had been captain before and didn’t much like establishment and rules,” mentioned Swann, who had introduced his retirement from worldwide and first-class cricket throughout a 0-5 defeat in Australia in 2013.
“We were actually very similar in that way, and we actually got on me and KP professionally better than most people because we very honest with but openly disliked each other. But wanted each other in the team.”
The South Africa-born Pietersen had amassed 8181 runs in 104 Tests and 4440 runs in 136 ODIs.
“I wanted a KP in the team because he was scoring a lot of runs and playing really well, and simply he was one of the best batsmen in the world.”
Pietersen, who was axed from the nationwide facet after England’s Ashes defeat in Australia in 2013-14, had stirred up an argument when he had despatched a sequence of infamous textual content messages, criticising then skipper Andrew Strauss and coach Andy Flower, to a few of the South Africa gamers throughout the Headingley Test in 2012.
“There were times when it was all exterior things like the texting against Andrew Strauss,” Swann mentioned.
“When you get to the purpose once you’re having these crew conferences and discussing what you’re going to do about these textual content messages however the participant is saying ‘I didn’t ship them’…
“And then subsequently he says he did but only because they’re my mates, that certainly didn’t help things.”