Graeme Swann Rubbishes Graham Gooch's 'Criminal' Comment After Test Retirement

Graeme Swann had announced his Test retirement in the middle of the Ashes series in Australia when England were 3-0 down. England's batting coach Graham Gooch had termed Swann's decision as 'criminal.'

updated: October 17, 2014 09:41 IST
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London: Graeme Swann has insisted he did the right thing quitting midway through England's 5-0 Ashes series thrashing despite Graham Gooch calling the decision "criminal." (Also read: Graham Gooch slams Kevin Pietersen's autobiography)

England great Gooch, the team's batting coach on their woeful 2013/14 tour of Australia, told Britain's Daily Telegraph on Wednesday that the former off-spinner's decision had been highly damaging to the team. (Pietersen a brash kid who never grew up: Martin Crowe)

"It made us a laughing stock," said Gooch, one of England's most successful opening batsmen. "I cannot understand why he couldn't stick it out until the end of the trip. It left a bad taste."

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