‘England’s short-term future should include Pietersen’, says Graeme Swann

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“He was England’s top run scorer in the Ashes and is one of the world’s best players, so why get rid of him?”

England off-spinner Graeme Swann has announced that the national team would be making a huge mistake if they decided to drop South African-born batsman Kevin Pietersen.

Swann’s comments come after Pietersen’s disastrous tour of Australia, where he only managed to score 294 runs at an average of 29.40.

“England’s short-term future should include Pietersen,” Swann told The Sun. “People seem keen to create a rift between Kevin and the rest of the team.

“Among the more ludicrous stories was one claiming he did not go to the team’s Christmas lunch.

“I know he did – because I sat next to him.

“Since being reintegrated in 2012, his attitude has been great. He was England’s top run scorer in the Ashes and is one of the world’s best players, so why get rid of him?”

Swann added that he was not targeting Pietersen in any way whatsoever when he lashed out at some of the players over their attitude during his retirement press conference.

“At my retirement press conference, I made some comments about certain players being ‘up their own backsides’,” he said. “But I wasn’t having a go at Kevin or any other England player.”

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