Graeme Swann

  • R Ashwin should play the third Test, says Saqlain Mushtaq July 24, 2014

    London: Former Pakistan spin bowling legend Saqlain Mushtaq on Thursday joined the chorus for the inclusion of offspinner Ravichandran Ashwin in the India's playing XI against England for the third Test, starting at Southampton on Sunday. "England had six left-handed batsmen in their eleven. Why aren't they playing R Ashwin? Isn't...
  • Ajinkya Rahane the stand-out player at Lord's: Graeme Swann July 22, 2014

    London: Ishant Sharma might be the one earning gushing praise from all quarters for his match-winning seven for 74, but former England off-spinner Graeme Swann picked Ajinkya Rahane as the stand-out player in India's historic win at Lord's. "Ajinkya Rahane was without a doubt the stand-out Indian player in the second...
  • With flexibility, Ashwin can be a hit abroad: Graeme Swann July 19, 2014

    London: R Ashwin has it in him to be India's top spinner on foreign tracks provided he becomes a little more flexible and curbs his aggressive instincts when the situation demands, feels former England off-spinner Graeme Swann. Ashwin is currently warming the bench after failing to find a place in the...
  • Kevin Pietersen fears England in for Swann dive July 8, 2014

    Nottingham: Kevin Pietersen thinks England could be in for a particularly tough Test series at home to India in the absence of Graeme Swann. Off-spinner Swann's retirement during England's 5-0 Ashes thrashing in Australia has left Alastair Cook's side without a specialist slow bowler, given the selectors refusal to recall Monty...
  • Chris Jordan should play first Test against Sri Lanka: Graeme Swann May 30, 2014

    Former England spinner Graeme Swann says West Indian all-rounder Chris Jordan should be in England's starting XI for the first Test against Sri Lanka in June. Jordan took five for 29 in England's 10-wicket win over Sri Lanka in Wednesday's third one-day international at Old Trafford, reports CMC. "A 1,000 percent yes,"...
  • Virat, Pujara will be key for India in England, says Kevin Pietersen May 4, 2014

    Kevin Pietersen said the performance of Indian batsmen, especially Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara, will be critical to the side's chances during its lengthy tour of England, come this summer. Pietersen played a key role during the last series in 2011 when he set the tone for England's 4-0 whitewash with...
  • Swann brands Pietersen 'childish' after Prior row March 1, 2014

    Graeme Swann called former England team mate Kevin Pietersen "childish" after the South African-born batsman replied to a verbal attack from Matt Prior by suggesting the wicketkeeper would find it hard to win a Test recall. Prior, dropped after the third Test of the recent 5-0 Ashes rout by Australia due...
  • England bowler Finn sent home to work on technique January 15, 2014

    England paceman Steven Finn will miss the remainder of the limited overs series in Australia and return home to work on the technical aspect of his game, his country's cricket board said on Wednesday. Struggling with his rhythm and pace in the practice games, the 24-year-old right-arm bowler did not feature...
  • Prior blames slipping standards for England's 5-0 Ashes defeat January 9, 2014

    London: England wicketkeeper Matt Prior has laid the blame for a 5-0 Ashes thumping in Australia on the team letting their standards slip. In his column for Britain's Daily Telegraph newspaper Prior - dropped following the third Test in Perth after poor displays with both gloves and bat - said players...
  • No Swann-song for England paceman Anderson December 27, 2013

    Melbourne: England paceman James Anderson has no intention of following good friend Graeme Swann into retirement and said there were other "big characters" in the dressing room to compensate for the loss of the banter-loving spinner. "I'd like to carry on playing for a bit, yeah," the 31-year-old paceman told reporters...
  • As it happened: 4th Ashes Test, Day 1 December 26, 2013

    (Scroll down to follow the ball-by-ball commmentary) An Ashes series that promised so much has all but fizzled with Australia taking an unassailable 3-0 lead, but Melbourne's Boxing Day Test offers some intrigue as to whether England will continue to self-destruct or salvage some pride from a turbulent campaign. Arriving as comfortable...
  • England captain Cook says Swann saga 'over' December 25, 2013

    Sydney: England captain Alastair Cook declared the furore over Graeme Swann's shock retirement "closed" on Wednesday, saying the spinner had assured him that the controversial remarks about player arrogance were not directed at his team-mates. Swann stunned the cricket world with his announcement on Sunday that he was immediately resigning from...
  • Not much fun as captain Cook marks 29th birthday December 25, 2013

    Melbourne: England captain Alastair Cook marked his 29th birthday - and Christmas Day - on Wednesday yet found little cause for celebration on the eve of the fourth Test against Australia. Trailing 3-0 in the series and with the Ashes already gone, Cook has lost veteran spinner Graeme Swann to a...
  • Cook wants England to come out fighting on Boxing Day December 25, 2013

    England captain Alastair Cook believes the fourth Ashes Test starting in Melbourne on Thursday is the perfect stage for his battered side to salvage some pride and work towards ending what has been a miserable series on a high. Cook's men arrived as favourites to retain the Ashes with a fourth...
  • I didn't criticise England players, says Graeme Swann December 24, 2013

    Former England off-spinner Graeme Swann, who made a shock decision to quit all forms of cricket on Sunday, has denied his criticism of arrogant international players was aimed at his team mates. When announcing his retirement three Tests into the five-match Ashes series against Australia, the 34-year-old said there were "some...
  • Not easy for an Indian cricketer to retire like Swann: Harbhajan Singh December 23, 2013

    New Delhi: Graeme Swann's sudden decision to retire might have taken everyone by surprise but spinner Harbhajan Singh feels that for an Indian cricketer, the decision to quit doesn't happen overnight as the pressures and demands are much higher in this cricket-crazy country. "I don't know what were the conditions that...
  • Swann denies retirement comments aimed at team December 23, 2013

    Melbourne: Graeme Swann has denied that his comments upon announcing his retirement from Test cricket were a criticism of his England teammates. Swann surprisingly announced on Sunday that he had decided to immediately retire despite there still being two Tests left in the ongoing Ashes series, which had already been...
  • Graeme Swann jumped before pushed: Aussie press December 23, 2013

    Sydney: Graeme Swann jumped into retirement before he was pushed, Australian media speculated Monday, raising questions about morale in the England camp ahead of the two final dead rubber Ashes Tests. The front-line spinner stunned the cricket world Sunday when he announced his immediate departure from international and first-class cricket mid-way...
  • England spinner Graeme Swann one of a rare breed December 23, 2013

    Graeme Swann's happy-go-lucky nature belied his status as one of England's greatest spin bowlers and a talisman of the team's three successive Ashes series successes. Swann shocked the cricket world on Sunday by announcing his immediate retirement mid-way through the already doomed series with Australia, sending social media into a...
  • Graeme Swann leaves with parting shot at team-mates December 23, 2013

    Graeme Swann delivered a full-blooded parting shot at some of his England teammates on Sunday, claiming "they have no idea how far up their own backsides they are". The offspinner stunned the sport by announcing his immediate retirement from all forms of cricket following England's defeat to Australia in the...
  • Michael Vaughan, Geoffrey Boycott salute Swann December 22, 2013

    London: Former England stars Michael Vaughan and Geoffrey Boycott expressed their admiration for spin bowler Graeme Swann on Sunday after he abruptly announced his retirement from the sport. Swann, 34, bows out with immediate effect, meaning he will play no part in the final two Tests of the Ashes tour of...
  • Lehmann wants Australia to pile woe on wounded England December 22, 2013

    Australia coach Daren Lehmann has called on his top order to hammer home the Ashes pain for a dispirited and depleted England in the fourth Test starting on Thursday as they chase a 5-0 whitewash. The hosts have already reclaimed the urn with three big victories in the opening Tests against...
  • Graeme Swann retires from international cricket December 22, 2013

    Melbourne: England spinner Graeme Swann announced on Sunday that he is retiring from international and first-class cricket with immediate effect in a shock announcement midway through the Ashes tour. "After a great deal of consideration I have decided to call it a day on my international and first-class career," Swann, 34,...
  • Graeme Swann apologises for 'crass' rape comment December 19, 2013

    Sydney: Graeme Swann apologised for a "crass and offensive" comment on Thursday after he compared the third Ashes Test loss to Australia to being "raped". The comment, made in a Facebook exchange with his brother and picked up by British newspapers, prompted outrage on social media and from rape charities. "Sorry...
  • England rest senior trio for limited-overs series in Australia December 10, 2013

    London: England have rested batsman Kevin Pietersen and bowling pair Graeme Swann and James Anderson from their limited-overs squads for the series in Australia starting next month. Test captain Alastair Cook will lead the 16-man squad in the one-day international series, while paceman Stuart Broad will be in charge of the...
  • Monty Panesar in the picture in Ashes return December 5, 2013

    Australia: Monty Panesar took a wicket, dropped a catch and was at the center of a social media furor even before he got onto the field in his first Ashes Test since 2009. Graeme Swann summed up his England team-mate and fellow spinner's day succinctly: "Monty is Monty." It started when...
  • Graeme Swann seeks Mallett's help to turn fortunes December 4, 2013

    Adelaide: Graeme Swann has linked up with former Australian Test spinner Ashley Mallett in an effort to lift his fortunes and bowl England to a series-levelling victory in Adelaide, reports said on Wednesday. Swann, 34, met Mallett on Tuesday, two days before the second Test starts, to get tips on...
  • Graeme Swann, Monty Panesar shine as England draw tour match November 30, 2013

    Alice Springs: Graeme Swann and Monty Panesar shared seven wickets Saturday to put a positive spin on an otherwise lackluster performance by England in a drawn two-day tour match against a Chairman's XI. Swann took 4-56 from 23 overs and Panesar 3-41 from 19 as the local side declared on 254-8...
  • England can defend Ashes, says Graeme Swann November 12, 2013

    Ageing offspinner Graeme Swann insisted Monday that England are not too old to defend the Ashes, saying the team's mix of youth and experience is an asset. More than half of the touring side to Australia are older than 30, including key players Ian Bell (31), James Anderson (31), Kevin...
  • Matt Prior backs Gary Ballance to bounce back November 4, 2013

    Stand-in captain Matt Prior has backed "unflappable" batsman Gary Ballance to bounce back and press for an Ashes Test spot after a first-ball duck in England's opening tour match in Australia. The Yorkshire left-hander missed a big opportunity to stake his claim for the number six batting spot in the series...