A BATTING WITH BIMAL BREAKING REPORT: Kevin Pietersen saga saved Alastair Cook from having the spotlight on him constantly, says Graeme Swann

Swann believes that the Pietersen saga may have been a blessing in disguise

England off-spinner Graeme Swann has revealed that Test captain Alastair Cook may have used the Kevin Pietersen saga as an opportunity to quietly plot his plans on how to defeat India in front of their home fans for the first time since 1985.

Swann stated that the media spotlight was diverted from Cook to Pietersen, and added that it may have been the best thing to happen for the new Test captain.

Since taking over the ODI captaincy, Cook’s form in the format has skyrocketed, but make no mistake, his Test record has been just as outstanding, as he has already scored 20 centuries at the age of 27.

England will arrive in India looking for revenge after having a dismal season, which ended in the worst possible fashion as they lost their world number one Test ranking to South Africa over the summer.

The Daily Mirror quoted Swann as saying: “If all of the -shenanigans had not -happened, all of the focus would have been on Captain Cook’s first tour as full-time Test captain, so it might be the best thing that could have -happened to Cooky. It has allowed him to -prepare -quietly and calmly and go about things in his own -exceptional way.”

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