London: Graeme Swann has insisted he did the right thing quitting midway through England’s 5-0 Ashes series thrashing despite Graham Gooch calling the decision ‘criminal’.

“It made us a laughing stock,” said Gooch, one of England’s most successful opening batsmen. “I cannot understand why he couldn’t stick it out until the end of the trip. It left a bad taste.”

“I understand (what he is saying),” Swann told several British newspapers. “Goochy is very old school. Perhaps if he had gained my perspective on it he might have seen the reasons why I did it. I just couldn’t turn a cricket ball, which, as a spin bowler, means you are useless to your team.”

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