England's sledging was not over the top: Swann

Published: Friday, October 28, 2011, 17:18 [IST]
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England's sledging was not over the top

Kolkata, Oct 28: England were thrashed by India in the recently concluded one-day series. Dhoni has also questioned England's fractious behaviour among themselves and towards their hosts during the series.

But off-spinner Graeme Swann has rejected accusations that the visitors went over the top in sledging of Indian players, even to the extent of getting personal with some of them.

"There has been a lot of talk about England's on-field behaviour in the five-match series, especially after MS Dhoni claimed some of our sledging was over the top and we were arguing among ourselves. As for sledging the opposition, I don't think any of our chat has been over the top or personal," The Sun quoted Swann, as saying.

"I know there have been running battles with a couple of India's players and I think caused by individuals in our team disliking individuals in their team. We have played India for three months now. You're never going to like all 11 blokes in the opposition. These things happen," he added.

"I can assure you the comments and personal abuse Samit Patel receives from the Indian players is far worse than anything we've said," said Swann.

"We must improve our one-day performances overseas. We've lost 6-1 in Australia, had a disappointing World Cup and now lost 5-0 here. On current form away from home, we wouldn't beat the Women's Institute. And no disrespect to the WI, I'm sure they have some very fine leg-spinners. Losing 10 wickets for 47 runs in the final match was embarrassing," said the spinner.


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