Swann sorry for Siddique send-off
Graeme Swann may have taken the man-of-the-match award for spinning England to a 181-run win over Bangladesh in the first Test, but he still thinks he is in his captain’s bad books after swearing at Junaid Siddique.
Swann claimed five wickets in each innings, including three in the decisive afternoon session on the final day in Chittagong, to become the first English off-spinner to take 10 wickets in a match since Jim Laker in 1956 - and the first spinner in history to do so on the sub-continent.
While his guile and determination across more than 78 overs of hard graft earned him the right to be mentioned in such company, his coarse send-off to Siddique, who had compiled a wonderful 106, was a rare black mark.
“It was in the heat of the moment. It was not anything malicious but I apologise unreservedly,” said Swann.
“I know I did swear and it’s not something I condone so I feel a bit ashamed. Afterwards I told him he batted very well. There’s no ill feeling.
“It was not meant as a personal slight on him, just as a release of pent-up frustration. It’s testament to him that he did get everyone frustrated.
“It was just a spur of emotion which is exactly what Cookie (captain Alastair Cook) told us not to do, so I’m in his bad books.”
Cook, celebrating victory in his first Test in charge, maintained that he had not been aware of Swann’s indiscretion at the time.
“I honestly didn’t hear it,” he said. “But we’re trying to play in the right spirit of the game.
“The umpires did an excellent job I think and at no stage did they come to me and say they thought we crossed the line.
“In hot conditions, I was (happy with the conduct). It was was easy for things to bubble over a lot more than they did.”
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