Pietersen’s autobiography is nothing more than ‘fiction’, says Graeme Swann

"I immediately realised it was codswallop when I read the character assassination of Matt Prior"

“I immediately realised it was codswallop when I read the character assassination of Matt Prior”

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Former England spinner Graeme Swann has announced that Kevin Pietersen’s autobiography is nothing more than “fiction”.

Funnily enough, Swann also noted that Pietersen should not have attacked Matt Prior in his book since the wicketkeeper-batsman was the “one person who fought tooth and nail to keep him in the side” after the disastrous Ashes series in Australia last winter.

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

Swann also quick to dismiss Pietersen’s insistence that bullying had become a normal day occurrence in the England dressing room.

“If that was the case a lot of people would have flagged it up before,” Swann said. “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.”

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