Graeme Swann denies slamming England dressing room door on his way out

Graeme SwannGraeme Swann’s comments were defended by Shane Warne who said it was aimed at motivating the England squad to finish the Ashes Tour on a high (Reuters)

Graeme Swann has denied that his comments upon announcing his retirement from test cricket were a criticism of his England teammates.

Swann surprisingly announced on Sunday that he had decided to immediately retire despite there still being two tests left in the ongoing Ashes series, which had already been won by Australia.

In comments to English reporters Swann said, "some people playing the game at the minute have no idea how far up their own backsides they are. It will bite them on the arse one day and when it does I hope they look back and are embarrassed about how they carry on."

Swann has since said he was not referring to any current members of the England team.

Former England cricketers Michael Vaughan and Derek Pringle, now both working in the media, were among those who questioned what they saw as Swann's decision to publicly raise reservations about his teammates.

On Twitter, former England captain Vaughan said "this tour for England was already a disaster.... Now it's a bloody joke. "As a respected senior player in the dressing room Swannyg66 why didn't you sort players out who got too big for themselves?"

'Pringle making up stuff'

Swann also used Twitter to respond, saying his comments were not directed at current England players. "Don't jump to conclusions Vaughney,"he said. "I wasn't talking about the England dressing room or anyone in it. You too bbc."

Swann directly attacked Pringle, saying "just because Derek Pringle writes something I find it astonishing that people buy into it?! Making stuff up sells papers I suppose," he tweeted.

Pringle replied "Swann could have made it clear that he was not talking about England but didn't."

Swann's use of the term "people playing the game at the minute" led to speculation that his comments related to current England players.

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