Swann announces immediate retirement from international, first-class cricket

London, Dec 22: England bowler Graeme Swann has reportedly made an unprecedented announcement that he is retiring from international and first-class cricket with immediate effect, right in the middle of the winter Ashes series.

Swann retires after playing 60 Tests for England, with the 255 wickets he took placing him sixth in England’s all-time list, although he indicated that he may yet be tempted by the Indian Premier League (IPL).

According to The Guardian, Swann said that he has made the ‘difficult’ decision to retire after a great deal of consideration, adding that although the decision has been difficult as the England team has been his family for seven years, he however, feels that it is the right time for him to step down.

Stating that he came to Australia to achieve the now-impossible dream of winning a fourth consecutive Ashes series for England, Swann further said that it is now time for some other player to ‘buckle in and enjoy the ride’ in his place, adding that he likes to be the centre of attraction, but for the right reasons by winning cricket games.

Swann also said that although he could have made himself available for the last two Tests and had a bit of a send-off from the Barmy Army, he believes that it is no reason to hang on for two more games.

Accepting Swann’s decision, England team director Andy Flower said that Swann has made an outstanding contribution to the England cricket team in all formats throughout a very successful career, adding that he would like to wish him all the very best for the future. (ANI)