I have no problems with Kevin Pietersen, says Graeme Swann

Graeme Swann had spoken critically about certain players after announcing his retirement. He later clarified that he was not referring to Kevin Pietersen but to opposition players.

Updated: December 26, 2013 22:58 IST
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London: Newly retired off-spinner Graeme Swann revealed on Thursday that he has reassured Kevin Pietersen that his remark about arrogant cricketers was not a reference to his former England team-mate.

After announcing his shock retirement from the sport last week, Swann spoke critically about players who, in his opinion, had "their heads up their own backsides".

Following suggestions in the media that he had been referring to Pietersen, Swann used Twitter and his newspaper column to assert that he had actually been speaking about opposition players.

He subsequently told BBC Radio 5 that he had contacted Pietersen personally, saying: "I've spoken to Kev yesterday (Wednesday).

"I assured him there was nothing in it aimed towards him. He said, 'I know exactly who you were talking about." (Also read: 4th Ashes Test, Day 1: Pietersen firm in face of Aussie power)

Swann claimed that all of his former team-mates knew which players were the focus of his ire.

"All the England guys are with me, and they know who grinds my gears around the world in cricket," he said.

"Perhaps the rest of the world will -- maybe I'll have to release a new book now!"

Swann was speaking prior to the fourth Ashes Test in Melbourne, having announced his retirement after Australia established an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series.

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