Swann calls KP's book a 'work of fiction'

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Former England spinner Graeme Swann has reacted angrily to Kevin Pietersen's allegations against Matt Prior, saying Pietersen's book is clearly an exaggeration if someone like Prior has been taken apart.

Former England spinner Graeme Swann has reacted angrily to Kevin Pietersen's allegations against Matt Prior, saying Pietersen's book is clearly an exaggeration if someone like Prior has been taken apart.

Pietersen said in an interview with the Telegraph this week that Prior had been a ring leader when it came to dressing room 'bullying' which many were baffled by, given Prior's reputation as a stand-up guy.

Swann added that Prior had been one of Pietersen's biggest supporters when he was exiled in 2012, and it is well known that the wicketkeeper was the one to call Pietersen at the time, to help him get back in the side.

Swann said: "I expected [Pietersen's book] to be the biggest work of fiction since Jules Verne and that seems to have happened. I immediately realised it was codswallop when I read the character assassination of 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: Prior."

The former spinner went on to say that Pietersen clearly wanted to make nice with current players, by backing Alastair Cook and the like, while criticising players no longer in the set up, or on their way out.

He added: "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."

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