'Shocked' Swann believes KP fracas won't shift focus on winning Lord's Test
London, Aug 14(ANI): England off spinner Graeme Swann has said he was shocked when he came to know about Kevin Pietersen's claims that problems existed in the dressing room, and added that the team is now focused on trying to win the Lord's Test against South Africa to safeguard their top Test ranking.
"I watched a video of Kevin's press conference last Monday at Headingley, when he spoke about supposed problems in the dressing room. I was certainly shocked by those claims. I don't know if there were developments during the week at Headingley after I left, but it was news to me," Swann wrote in his column for the Sun.
"And, speaking to a couple of the other lads, it was news to them as well. I'd just say that, if there were issues, we pride ourselves on having a very open dressing room, and he certainly didn't mention any problems to anyone else," he further wrote.
"Now, we need to pull together to win this Test match. We're lucky we have such a good captain in Straussy, and we all need to be rallying behind him to try to stay at No 1. And that's all we're focusing on," he said.
Swann further wrote: "We all need to be pulling in the same direction - not 10 of us doing it and one of us not. Just because you lose one player, it doesn't necessarily make you a weaker team."
"We showed that by beating Australia 4-0 in the one-dayers when Ian Bell went to the top of the order and batted brilliantly," he added. (ANI)
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