Graeme Swann: 'We aren't weaker without Kevin Pietersen'

Swann: 'We're fine without Pietersen'
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Kevin Pietersen's absence from the England Test squad will not make the team weaker, according to Graeme Swann.

Graeme Swann has insisted that England can cope without Kevin Pietersen after the batsman was dropped for the third Test against South Africa.

Andrew Strauss's side will face the Proteas at Lord's this week without Pietersen after he was left out of the team for allegedly sending derogatory texts about the captain to players in the South African squad.

However, Swann has suggested that England's form in the shorter format since Pietersen's retirement proves that they can deal with his absence.

The spinner told The Sun: "We need to pull in the same direction, not 10 us doing it and one of us not.

"Just because you lose one player, it doesn't necessarily make you a weaker team.

"In fact, since Kevin retired from limited-overs cricket, we are unbeaten in all matches in the shorter formats."

Swann is expected to return at Lord's on Thursday after England decided to not play a spinner during the second Test at Headingley.

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