England team abused by Pak fans: Swann

Updated: Sep 25, 2010, 14:29 PM IST

London: England off-spinner Graeme Swann has revealed that Pakistan fans ‘with broad London accents’ had hurled abuses at his team after the third ODI at The Oval.

“The taunts we received from the crowd were not pleasant. As we left The Oval, people with broad London accents wearing the green shirts of Pakistan were slagging us off,” Swann wrote in an article for an English newspaper.

“It was hard hearing the England team being abused by people who sound English,” he added.

The off-spinner admitted that the England players were saddened to hear the foul-mouthed tirades, but said that the incident “added to the feeling of euphoria” when they won the five-match series on Wednesday.

“To have lost that final match at the Rose Bowl would have been horrendous - especially after leading 2-0 and with everything that went on,” he added.

Swann also praised batsman Eoin Morgan for helping the team win with another brilliant innings.

“You could tell from our huddle and in the changing room afterwards what it meant. We just HAD to win that match,” Swann said.

England won the match at the Rose Bowl Stadium by 121 runs to win the five-match series 3-2.

It concluded Pakistan’s near three-month-long tour of England, which had been marred by ‘spot-fixing’ allegations.

ANI