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KP denies rift with Swann

London: Kevin Pietersen has labelled Graeme Swann’s recent autobiography as “not a clever book” after his England teammate criticised his leadership abilities in his book, stating that he is “not a natural leader”.Pietersen, in an interview with the BBC, on Monday, insisted he had a good relationship with Swann and that the fall-out from the off-spinner’s book would have no bearing on England’s team spirit, ahead of their upcoming series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates.

“Things are absolutely fine,” said Pietersen. “It was Swanny…Swanny likes to talk. It’s not a clever book in the middle of your career, but it’s not affecting anything that’s going on in the team for sure.

“When we go to Abu Dhabi and Dubai in a couple of weeks time, the team will be as united as ever and that’s not going to change for one second because of a book,” star batsman Pietersen insisted. Pietersen was briefly England’s captain in all formats, but resigned in January 2009 after questioning the credentials of then coach Peter Moores, who was sacked from his post.

Their exits paved the way for the successful alliance between current Test captain Andrew Strauss and coach Andy Flower, that this year took England to the top of the world Test rankings. (AFP)