Graeme Swann apologises for terming Ashes loss a ‘rape’ on Facebook

Swann made the comments during a conversation with his brother after losing third Test to Australia.

Written by AFP | Perth | Published:December 20, 2013 2:13 am

England spinner Graeme Swann has apologized for making comments on Facebook in which he compared his team losing the Ashes series to rape. Swann says on Twitter on Thursday he is “sorry to anyone who was offended by my comments . Crass and thoughtless of me in the extreme.’’ Swann made the comments during a conversation with his brother,Alec,hours after England lost the third Test to Australia in Perth to surrender the Ashes urn. Swann has been criticized by rape charities.

Schofield backs Flower

A key architect of the revival of English cricket backed under-fire coach Andy Flower after the team meekly surrendered the Ashes to Australia. Ken Schofield,who authored a report on the way forward for England after their 5-0 Ashes whitewash in 2006-07,called for Flower to remain in the job after the current series ends.

Flower’s coaching future is unclear after his first Ashes defeat. There is speculation he may not continue but Schofield said he was a strong supporter. “I would like to think the fact these results have gone so wrong would want him to have another go and not leave on a negative. Only he would know,” Schofield said.

“But I would think everyone in English cricket and British sport wants Andy Flower to go on — we think the world of him.” Schofield also does not believe another in-depth review of English cricket is required,despite losing the Ashes after three heavy Test defeats to Michael Clarke’s Australians.

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