GRAEME SWANN

  • Graeme Swann regrets going on Ashes tour to Australia October 16, 2014

    Graeme Swann has insisted he did the right thing quitting midway through England's 5-0 Ashes series thrashing despite Graham Gooch calling the decision "criminal". England great Gooch, the team's batting coach on their woeful 2013/14 tour of Australia, told Britain's Daily Telegraph on Wednesday that the former off-spinner's decision had been...
  • Document surfaces outlining Kevin Pietersen's misbehaviour October 8, 2014

    Kevin Pietersen's monopoly of the airwaves and printed media regarding his claims of bullying in the England cricket team's dressing room ended abruptly on Tuesday with the leaking of an email outlining his poor behaviour on last year's disastrous Ashes series in Australia. The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) insisted...
  • Graeme Swann labels Kevin Pietersen's book 'fiction' October 7, 2014

    Former England team mate Graeme Swann began the backlash against Kevin Pietersen's new book on Monday by labelling it "the biggest work of fiction since Jules Verne". Speaking at an awards ceremony at Lord's, Swann denied accusations that he was part of a clique of bowlers guilty of what Pietersen called...
  • Alastair Cook should avoid ODIs to focus on regaining Ashes: Swann September 4, 2014

    London: Continuing his verbal duel with the England captain, Graeme Swann has suggested that Alastair Cook should miss the "turmoil" of inevitable oneday failures ahead to keep himself fresh for the challenge of regaining the Ashes. "The Ashes is the biggest thing in cricket, let's not forget that, and I am...
  • Stewart, Swann slam 'boring' and 'oldfashioned' England September 3, 2014

    London: Former cricket captain Alec Stewart and exTest spinner Graeme Swann blasted the English side and questioned the team's commitment to the 50over game after Alastair Cook and Co. suffered a ninewicket defeat to India in the fourth ODI Tuesday to lose the series 03 with still a match to...
  • Graeme Swann stands by Alastair Cook criticism August 29, 2014

    Graeme Swann reiterated on Friday his call to Alastair Cook to stand down as England's oneday captain and quit limited overs internationals completely, saying the team's current approach to the 50over game was akin to a "twolitre diesel in a Formula One race". The former offspinner, who retired from international duty...
  • Cook disappointed with 'friend' Swann's World Cup comment August 28, 2014

    Cardiff: With friends like Graeme Swann, England captain Alastair Cook may feel he has no need of any enemies. England suffered a massive 133run defeat by world champions India in the second oneday international in Cardiff on Wednesday, effectively the first of what is now a fourmatch series following Monday's total...
  • Vaughan, Swann want Cook to be sacked as England ODI captain August 26, 2014

    London: Former England captain Michael Vaughan and exspinner Graeme Swann said that Alastair Cook must be sacked as the ODI captain for England to win the 2015 World Cup. Both Vaughan and Swann feel that the selectors are picking the ODI side on the basis of performance in Tests and that...
  • England have no hope at World Cup, says Graeme Swann August 25, 2014

    London: England have no hope of winning next year's World Cup because of their "oldfashioned" approach to the oneday game, according to former spinner Graeme Swann. Swann, who retired from international cricket during the 50 Ashes series defeat in Australia in December, believes the oneday team need to do away with...
  • Moeen Ali: The spinner of the series August 13, 2014

    Manchester: Moeen Ali has become the fastest English spinner to cross the 20 wicketmark in Test cricket, featuring in only six matches that spanned across 58 days and the 'parttime' offspinner has termed his recent performance as "crazy". For a team that was struggling three matches ago to replace 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 lefthanded batsmen in their eleven. Why aren't they playing R Ashwin? Isn't...
  • Ajinkya Rahane the standout player at Lord's: Graeme Swann July 22, 2014

    London: Ishant Sharma might be the one earning gushing praise from all quarters for his matchwinning seven for 74, but former England offspinner Graeme Swann picked Ajinkya Rahane as the standout player in India's historic win at Lord's. "Ajinkya Rahane was without a doubt the standout 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 offspinner 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. Offspinner Swann's retirement during England's 50 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 allrounder 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 10wicket win over Sri Lanka in Wednesday's third oneday 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 40 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 24yearold rightarm bowler did not feature...
  • Prior blames slipping standards for England's 50 Ashes defeat January 9, 2014

    London: England wicketkeeper Matt Prior has laid the blame for a 50 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 Swannsong 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 banterloving spinner. "I'd like to carry on playing for a bit, yeah," the 31yearold paceman told reporters...
  • As it happened: 4th Ashes Test, Day 1 December 26, 2013

    (Scroll down to follow the ballbyball commmentary) An Ashes series that promised so much has all but fizzled with Australia taking an unassailable 30 lead, but Melbourne's Boxing Day Test offers some intrigue as to whether England will continue to selfdestruct 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 teammates. 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 30 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 offspinner 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 fivematch Ashes series against Australia, the 34yearold 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 cricketcrazy 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 frontline spinner stunned the cricket world Sunday when he announced his immediate departure from international and firstclass cricket midway...
  • England spinner Graeme Swann one of a rare breed December 23, 2013

    Graeme Swann's happygolucky 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 midway through the already doomed series with Australia, sending social media into a...
  • Graeme Swann leaves with parting shot at teammates December 23, 2013

    Graeme Swann delivered a fullblooded 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...