Graeme Swann leaves the Ashes, and cricket, with parting shot at teammates
London: Graeme Swann delivered a full-blooded parting shot at some of his England teammates on Sunday, claiming "they have no idea how far up their own backsides they are".
The off-spinner stunned the sport by announcing his immediate retirement from all forms of cricket following England`s defeat to Australia in the Ashes.
But the 34-year-old is not going quietly.
"Some people playing the game at the minute have no idea how far up their own backsides they are," Swann said in comments carried by the Daily Telegraph ahead of the fourth Test which starts in Melbourne on Thursday.
"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 did not identify the players he was most disenchanted with, but in his autobiography `The Breaks Are Off`, published two years ago, he doubted Kevin Pietersen`s credentials as a captain.
Pietersen was "never the right man to captain England" -- a position the batsman held only briefly before he and former coach Peter Moores lost their jobs at the start of 2009.
Swann is behind only Derek Underwood as England`s most prolific wicket-taking spinner with 255 victims in his 60 Tests.
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- Terrorist outfit IS releases hitlist; 4000 people including 285 Indians targeted
- Mumbai: Woman missing after falling in manhole
- Mann Ki Baat: PM recalls dark days of 1975 Emergency, says democracy is our strength
- Mann Ki Baat: Conserve every drop of water, says PM
- PM Modi launches 'Smart City Project' in Pune
- Ricardo Quaresma heads Portugal into Euro 2016 quarters
- Michael Sheen to make directorial debut in killer movie
- Irish fans eye revenge against France; Germany take on Slovakia; Hungary face Belgium
- IIFA 2016 Fashion Trends: Top 6 looks that nailed it at the green carpet! - View pics
- WATCH: OH MY WORD! Did Xherdan Shaqiri score greatest ever Euro goal?