Swann lashes out at Gooch over retirement comment

"I think he's a bit misinformed, thinking that I left because of form"

“I think he’s a bit misinformed, thinking that I left because of form”

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Graeme Swann has lashed out at ex-batting coach Graham Gooch after he criticised the former off-spinner for retiring midway through the last Ashes series in Australia.

However, Swann stated that Gooch had no idea what he was going through and the incredible amount of pain he was in.

“I never spoke to Goochy about it,” Swann said. “I’m surprised, I thought he would have talked to me.

“I said at the time I don’t think it’s right and proper to carry on when you are a hindrance to the team. Some people think differently, they think you should just carry on regardless but I don’t and I never will. I am sure I will speak to Goochy at some point.

“I think he’s a bit misinformed, thinking that I left because of form. Unfortunately I had an injury which meant I couldn’t turn a cricket ball any more.”

Swann added that he should have never travelled to Australia for the Ashes series in the first place.

“In retrospect, I should never have gone on the tour at all. If I have any regrets at all, after The Oval I should have read the signs. But I thought, ‘I’ll be fine, Jimmy will take 30 wickets, I’ll only have to hold one end up, and we’ll win a fourth Ashes on the trot’.”

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