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The Ashes 2013 - 2014: Graeme Swann retiring from cricket

This has not been a happy tour for England players with Jonathan Trott leaving early for personal reasons and England losing the old urn after just three matches, but no one expected the news that spinner Graeme Swann is retiring from all forms of cricket.

England’s number one spinner has stunned the cricketing world with the announcement that the elbow injury that he had surgery for in February has now got the better of him. “People always say that sportsmen instinctively know when the time is right to retire and I had that exact feeling during the Adelaide Test,” he told press. “After a great deal of consideration I have decided to call it a day on my international and first class career.”

He said the decision had been a hard one, "as the England team has been my family for seven years now, but I feel that now is the right time to step down. 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."

The 34-year-old from Nottinghamshire is staying in Australia for a holiday with his family but won’t be playing in the final two Ashes test matches. He retires after a distinguished career that saw him play in three Ashes winning sides and one World T20 winning team.

Swann retires having been an integral part of three Ashes-winning teams, an England side which was ranked the best Test team in the world at one point, and another which won the World T20 tournament in 2010. On a personal level, he hit the one number position in the ODI bowler rankings and was the first English off-spinner since Jim Laker to take 10 wickets in a match when England faced Bangladesh in 2010.

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