England spinner Graeme Swann has revealed that he and several of his team-mates were "dead against" playing in Monday's fourth one-day international against Pakistan at Lord's following Ijaz Butt's allegations of match-fixing against Andrew Strauss' side.
Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Butt claimed that England players had received "enormous amounts of money" to lose the third game of the five-match series at the Oval last Friday, allegations that the home side have strongly denied.
The 31-year-old told The Sun: "I couldn't wait for those games to end and get the hell out of there. It was a dreadful experience and one I never want to experience again."
Butt's comments came in the wake of allegations of spot-fixing and charges under the International Cricket Council's anti-corruption code against three Pakistan players. Mohammad Asif, Mohammad Aamer and Salman Butt have denied any wrongdoing, while the ICC are also investigating scoring patterns during the tourists' innings in that third ODI at the Oval.
Swann, who was on Thursday named in England's Ashes squad, admitted the saga left him not wanting to take the field. He added: "In fact, I didn't want to play at all in the one-dayer on Monday. I won't lie about that - I was dead against playing. And I wasn't alone, plenty of other players had strong reservations.
"But Straussy, who has been brilliant throughout this episode, persuaded us the best thing we could do was get on with it as a team and make sure we won the series. He was proved to be right."
The Nottinghamshire bowler also backed the England and Wales Cricket Board and Professional Cricketers Association's decision to demand an apology from Butt over his allegations, confirming they will take legal action if one is not forthcoming.
"I want to say I agree 100% with the decision to send a letter on behalf of the England team demanding an apology from PCB chairman Ijaz Butt. If we do not receive a satisfactory response, we will start legal proceedings," said Swann. "Mr Butt's comments about bookmakers claiming we deliberately lost the third one-dayer in return for 'enormous amounts of money' were as offensive as they could possibly be. They went against everything I stand for as a professional sportsman.
"We felt powerless as players because as soon as somebody says something like that and it is read by cricket followers, our name is sullied. You can't go around accusing people and pointing fingers with completely unsubstantiated claims.
"In the civilised world, it is not something that should happen. I hope Mr Butt sees sense and retracts his claims or there must be severe consequences for him."