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Graeme Swann: 'Kevin Pietersen accusations for publicity'

Graeme Swann claims that Kevin Pietersen made a number of accusations about former colleagues in an attempt to sell more copies of his autobiography.

Graeme Swann has claimed that Kevin Pietersen made a number of accusations recently in an attempt to sell more copies of his autobiography.

The release of Pietersen's book coincided with a number of interviews in which the former England batsman criticised Matt Prior and Andy Flower, while also suggesting that there was a bullying culture inside the dressing room before he was sacked earlier this year.

However, Swann has once again defended his former colleagues by stating that attracting interest in his book was the real reason behind Pietersen's claims.

"You can't say what people will think but I don't think he has done himself any favours in the long run, but Kev has always been different," England's former spinner told reporters.

"It is all because someone is trying to sell a book. Honestly, in two weeks' time when the inevitable amount of interviews are done, no-one will give a monkey's.

"Certain things you have been led to believe didn't happen. I think the very fact that however many people have been interviewed, no-one is supporting these claims that Kev has come out with."

Swann has come out in defence of his retirement this week following criticism from Graham Gooch.

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Saturday's key events

· After silvers in both the men's and women's events, Team GB will be fancied to get on the podium again in the mixed relay (11.30pm-1am)

· Touted as Michael Phelps's successor, Caeleb Dressel already has two gold medals from these Games and he will be going for a third in the men's 50m butterfly final (2.30am)
· It is Katie Ledecky vs. Ariarne Titmus III in the women's 800m freestyle final, with Ledecky entering as firm favourite (2.46am)
· Great Britain will be heavily fancied to add another gold medal to their swimming haul, having produced by far the fastest qualifying time for the mixed 4x100m medley relay final (3.43am)

· Dina Asher-Smith is one of three British women in the 100m semi-finals (3.01am-3.20am), and will hope to challenge for a medal in what is likely to be a star-studded final (1.50pm)
· The inaugural Olympic 4x400m mixed relay event concludes with Great Britain one of the eight finalists going for gold (1.35pm)

· Team GB's dreams of an unlikely gold are still alive in the women's event as they face France in their semi-final (3.30am). The winners will face either New Zealand or Fiji in the gold medal match later in the day (10am)

· Gold medals are up for grabs in the windsurfer - RS:X finals. Emma Wilson participates for Team GB in the women's final (6.33am), while Tom Squires is in action in the men's (7.33am)

· Following his shock semi-final defeat, ending his hopes of a Golden Slam in 2021, Novak Djokovic battles for bronze against Pablo Carreno Busta (7am)
· The women's singles event reaches its conclusion with the gold medal match between Belinda Bencic and Marketa Vondrousova

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