Graeme Swann retires mid-series

Discussion in 'Cricket Talk' started by Piethepker, Dec 22, 2013.

  1. Piethepker

    Piethepker New Member

    [FLOAT-RIGHT][​IMG][/FLOAT-RIGHT]Graeme Swann, the England offspinner, has retired from all international cricket and first-class cricket with immediate effect.

    Swann, 34, will not play in the final two Tests of the Ashes tour and will finish his career with 255 wickets at 29.96 from his 60 Tests. However, on a disappointing tour of Australia in which England have gone down 3-0 after the first three Tests, Swann has been one of the senior players who has failed to have an impact and has managed only seven wickets at 80.

    "I came to Australia in the hope of winning our fourth Ashes series on the trot but that's now impossible," Swann, a regular columnist with the Sun, said in the paper. "So it's time for someone else to buckle in and enjoy the ride.

    "I could have made myself available for the last two Tests and maybe had a bit of a send-off from the Barmy Army. But that's no reason to hang on for two more games. I like to be the centre of attention -- but for the right reason by winning games of cricket."

    Swann reportedly told his team-mates and coach Andy Flower of his decision at a practice session in Melbourne ahead of the Boxing Day Test, which starts on Thursday. He will leave the game as England's second-leading spinner behind Derek Underwood, who took 297 Test wickets.

    "I hoped that form and fitness might allow me a crack at Underwood's record but that pales into insignificance after losing the Ashes," Swann said. "If I carried on playing just to try to beat individual records, I'd have become the kind of player I have always hated."

    In an official statement released by the ECB, Swann said his decision had been made "after a great deal of consideration".

    "This decision has been very difficult seeing as the England team has been my family for seven years now, but I feel that now is the right time to step down," Swann said. "I don't regret a single day of my career. Every high has been celebrated with verve and vigour and every low painfully accepted as a chance to learn and improve.

    "My personal highlights include the three Ashes victories, of which I will cherish for the rest of my life, and the World T20 victory in the West Indies which ranks as my limited overs highlight. I have met, played with and against, and become friends with some magnificent people throughout my journey and feel truly privileged to have been given these opportunities.

    "I'd also like to pay tribute to both Northamptonshire County Cricket Club for giving me my grounding in the game and Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club for turning me into the cricketer I wanted to be. Two Championship titles and my maiden one day final victory with the Outlaws are also achievements of which I am immensely proud.

    "With two games to go in Australia and then a fiercely competitive summer against Sri Lanka and India I feel that it is a great time for someone else to strap themselves in and hopefully enjoy the ride as much as I have.

    "Finally I'd like to thank all my England team mates for their non-stop support and camaraderie and of course wish Andy Flower and Alastair Cook all the success in the world for the future. First and foremost I am a fervent England fan at heart."

    Flower said: "Graeme Swann has made an outstanding contribution to the England cricket team in all formats throughout an incredibly successful career and I would like to congratulate him on all that he has achieved. His commitment, competitive spirit and sense of humour have been recognised and admired by team mates and supporters alike and he has played a big part in England's success over the last five years. The dressing room will be a very different place without Graeme's unique personality and I would like to wish him all the very best for the future."

    As well as his Test appearances, Swann will depart with 104 wickets from 79 one-day internationals and 51 wickets from 39 Twenty20 internationals. He has not ruled out the possibility of playing in the IPL.

    More to follow

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/the-ashes-2013-14/content/current/story/702897.html
     
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  2. Binning

    Binning Arkham Knight Staff Member

    Wow seriously? :wtf: mid series? leaving your team when they need you the most!!
     
  3. Piethepker

    Piethepker New Member

    "I came to Australia in the hope of winning our fourth Ashes series on the trot but that's now impossible," Swann, a regular columnist with the Sun, said in the paper. "So it's time for someone else to buckle in and enjoy the ride.

    "I could have made myself available for the last two Tests and maybe had a bit of a send-off from the Barmy Army. But that's no reason to hang on for two more games. I like to be the centre of attention -- but for the right reason by winning games of cricket."

    Swann reportedly told his team-mates and coach Andy Flower of his decision at a practice session in Melbourne ahead of the Boxing Day Test, which starts on Thursday. He will leave the game as England's second-leading spinner behind Derek Underwood, who took 297 Test wickets.

    "I hoped that form and fitness might allow me a crack at Underwood's record but that pales into insignificance after losing the Ashes," Swann said. "If I carried on playing just to try to beat individual records, I'd have become the kind of player I have always hated."

    It is believed Swann will also retire from Nottinghamshire, although he has not ruled out the possibility of playing in the IPL. As well as his Test appearances, he will depart with 104 wickets from 79 one-day internationals and 51 wickets from 39 Twenty20 internationals.
     
  4. GBTN

    GBTN New Member

    pussy
     
  5. CSB

    CSB New Member

    He probably has a stress related illness.
     
  6. Binning

    Binning Arkham Knight Staff Member

  7. Cabinet96

    Cabinet96 New Member

    I never like Swann as much as most of In-ger-land. He's not as funny as he thinks he is, he gets a lot of his dick sucked in the English press, and he's a spineless mug with the willow. But I don't really see how a couple of dead rubbers are when his team needs them most.

    If he'd retired at the end of the series Monty (or possibly someone else) would've played the next test in a live series. Why not let them play now if he doesn't have any interest in playing? It's kind of the opposite to Mussey's retirement.

    Still a fantastic bowler mind and easily the best orthodox finger spinner I've ever seen.
     
  8. CSB

    CSB New Member

    Time to bring back Kerrigan?
     
  9. Piethepker

    Piethepker New Member

  10. CoverDrive

    CoverDrive Well-Known Member Staff Member

    #iplRetirement

    Or a bbl one :giggle:
     
  11. Cabinet96

    Cabinet96 New Member

    Swann never got an IPL contract at his peak, so I doubt it's the reason he's retiring.
     
  12. CoverDrive

    CoverDrive Well-Known Member Staff Member

    BBL's start and Swann's retirement correlate. It's BBL's fault. **** you CA Cricket!
     
  13. Cabinet96

    Cabinet96 New Member

    Strange posting this. BBL games are evening games, so he can still watch them even if he's playing.

    Unless you think he wants to go to the grounds?
     
  14. CoverDrive

    CoverDrive Well-Known Member Staff Member

    He wants to play in BBL :finger:
     
  15. Binning

    Binning Arkham Knight Staff Member

  16. Raja

    Raja New Member

    no no please!!! :wtf:
     
  17. Cabinet96

    Cabinet96 New Member

    Well, has he got a time traveler to go back to before the tournament to get a contract?
     
  18. U2one100

    U2one100 New Member

    I hope this doesn't happen to Jimmy Anderson, because of Swann's retirement.

    Agreed! #sensible
     
  19. U2one100

    U2one100 New Member

    37 users in this thread. 36 guests! :omg:

    Didnt know CF could be someone's source of truth.
     
  20. squashed.bugaboo

    squashed.bugaboo Well-Known Member

    Seriously? :facepalm:
    Spineless coward...is what he is. Most of these senior English players don't know how to face failure. They're drunk with success, and when failure of such a magnitude hits them, you see their real mettle. Nice speech, but at the end of the day, a nothing player. He'll be forgotten in a few weeks.
     
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