Graeme Swann

  • Swann brands Pietersen 'childish' after Prior row 01-03-2014 09:11 AM

    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...
  • England bowler Finn sent home to work on technique 15-01-2014 12:51 PM

    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...
  • Prior blames slipping standards for England's 5-0 Ashes defeat 09-01-2014 09:15 PM

    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...
  • No Swann-song for England paceman Anderson 27-12-2013 02:58 PM

    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...
  • As it happened: 4th Ashes Test, Day 1 26-12-2013 06:35 AM

    (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...
  • England captain Cook says Swann saga 'over' 25-12-2013 10:42 AM

    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...
  • Not much fun as captain Cook marks 29th birthday 25-12-2013 10:23 AM

    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...
  • Cook wants England to come out fighting on Boxing Day 25-12-2013 08:40 AM

    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...
  • I didn't criticise England players, says Graeme Swann 24-12-2013 06:09 PM

    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...
  • Not easy for an Indian cricketer to retire like Swann: Harbhajan Singh 23-12-2013 07:07 PM

    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...
  • Swann denies retirement comments aimed at team 23-12-2013 01:11 PM

    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 23-12-2013 08:48 AM

    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...
  • England spinner Graeme Swann one of a rare breed 23-12-2013 08:40 AM

    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 23-12-2013 08:32 AM

    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 22-12-2013 06:15 PM

    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...
  • Lehmann wants Australia to pile woe on wounded England 22-12-2013 01:34 PM

    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...
  • Graeme Swann retires from international cricket 22-12-2013 08:15 AM

    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,...
  • Graeme Swann apologises for 'crass' rape comment 19-12-2013 09:03 AM

    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....
  • England rest senior trio for limited-overs series in Australia 10-12-2013 01:56 PM

    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...
  • Monty Panesar in the picture in Ashes return 05-12-2013 05:10 PM

    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...
  • Graeme Swann seeks Mallett's help to turn fortunes 04-12-2013 09:03 AM

    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 30-11-2013 02:40 PM

    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...
  • England can defend Ashes, says Graeme Swann 12-11-2013 08:56 AM

    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 04-11-2013 10:57 AM

    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...
  • England arrive in Australia for Ashes series 25-10-2013 09:40 AM

    Perth: England's cricketers were in confident mood when they touched down in Perth early Friday at the start of their Ashes tour to Australia. Asked about his team's chances of winning a fourth consecutive Ashes series, spinner Graeme Swann said they were "always confident." The England players looked fresh and...
  • Pietersen a 'great example', says Giles 11-09-2013 09:41 AM

    London: Kevin Pietersen is setting a "great example" to the novice players in England's one-day squad, according to limited-overs coach Ashley Giles. Just over a year ago, Pietersen was briefly exiled from the national side after being accused of sending derogatory text messages regarding then England captain Andrew Strauss to...
  • Pietersen can lead by example: Eoin Morgan 05-09-2013 08:34 PM

    London: England batsman Eoin Morgan says Kevin Pietersen will have an important role to play in the one-day international series against Australia, which starts at Headingley on Friday. With Alastair Cook, Ian Bell, James Anderson, Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann all rested after a successful Ashes campaign, Morgan will lead...
  • Swann says urinating on Oval pitch 'nothing untoward' 27-08-2013 09:21 AM

    London: England spin bowler Graeme Swann on Tuesday confessed that some of his team-mates may have urinated on the Oval pitch during late-night celebrations toasting their Ashes victory. Australian journalists earlier reported seeing three England players - swing-bowler James Anderson, batsman Kevin Pietersen and fast bowler Stuart Broad - relieving...
  • Uncapped duo in England squad for fifth Ashes Test 18-08-2013 02:50 PM

    London: England have included the uncapped duo of Warwickshire allrounder Chris Woakes and Lancashire left-arm spinner Simon Kerrigan in a 14-man squad announced on Sunday for next week's fifth and final Ashes Test against Australia at The Oval. Woakes, already a one-day international, was brought in after pace bowling allrounder...