The 34-year-old had been one of several under-performing players in Alastair Cook’s touring party under pressure to retain their places for the final two matches of the series.
England spin bowler Graeme Swann has sensationally retired and will play no further part in the Ashes series
, which resumes at the MCG on Boxing Day.
“I came to Australia in the hope of winning our fourth Ashes series on the trot but that’s now impossible,” Swann told British newspaper The Sun. “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 is the second player in the England squad to have exited the series before its conclusion. Jonathan Trott returned home after the first Test in Brisbane with a stress-related illness.
The colourful Nottinghamshire bowler has struggled for impact throughout the series, taking seven wickets at an average of 80. It comes only four months after he was the leading wicket-taker in the Ashes in England with 26 scalps at an average of under 30.
Swann retires as England’s second most successful spin bowler, having claimed 255 wickets in 60 matches
Cricketers are quite the sensitive lot. Forgetting bad performances takes a lot of mental strength. The last few games in the Ashes might have exacerbated Swann’s elbow injury. The tired mind combining with his tired hand is probably why he has decided to call it quits.
The pressure on an international cricketer is immense, no doubt. But maybe Swann could have trained a little harder and made an impact in the remaining two games.
Having said that, Swann knows what’s best for him and if he believes he wasn’t at and can’t get back to his best, we wish him a happy retired life. A traditional off spinner and one of the very few modern spinners with a clean action, Swann will be missed. Well bowled.
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