Swann still doesn`t think Pietersen is captaincy material

Last Updated: Dec 10, 2011, 17:00 PM IST

London: England off-spinner Graeme Swann cannot understand the fuss being made about his autobiographical revelation that Kevin Pietersen is not captaincy material.

“I completely stand by what I said that Kev is not a natural leader of men. I only know two people from my time who I`d put in that category. One is Stephen Fleming and the other is Andrew Strauss. It`s that rare,” Swann told a leading daily in an interview.

“You can have good captains, but to be an absolute natural leader, like a Mike Brearley, is a rarity. I certainly don`t consider myself one when I`ve captained and I don`t think Alastair Cook is. He`s a good captain but it just doesn`t come as naturally to him. Straussy was born to be England captain. Fleming was born to be a captain. I just don`t think people took what I wrote in context,” he adds.

“People will always try to create tension when it`s not there. Luckily it didn`t. I spoke to (coach) Andy Flower about it, and he said he didn`t agree with people doing books but he couldn`t stop us, and I said, "fair enough".

“I`m not the first England player to do a book while he`s still playing and if I look at the current team I think there are three or four who have done them. What it boils down to is that it can be OK to do a book but make sure you don`t say anything - and that`s not me. I would never forgive myself if I went through my career kowtowing to people and being a yes man,” said Swann.

“It`s an honest book and anyone reading it will realize that the one person getting assassinated in it is myself,” Swann said.