April 17, 1998
Destroyed on debut
Having impressed through the stages of age-group cricket, Graeme Swann makes his first-class debut in Northamptonshire's first Championship match of the 1998 season, against Surrey at The Oval
. 24 days past his 19th birthday a young Swann keeps flighting the ball up at Ally Brown, who carts him for repeated sixes in a 73-ball century. Swann ends with the bruising figures of 1 for 91 from 13 overs.
July 14, 1998
Maiden first-class ton
Having chipped in with useful scores through the season, Swann has a monster performance against Leicestershire at Grace Road
. He falls eight short of a hundred in the first innings, but, batting at number eight, makes 111 in the second.
August 16, 1999
After a solid second season and a good finish, particularly in one-day cricket, 21-year-old Swann is called up to the England squad for the final Test of the summer. He doesn't play and England lose the match and series to New Zealand to become the worst ranked side in the world.
November 1999 to January 2000
Trouble in South Africa
As a self-proclaimed 'obnoxious loud-mouth', Swann causes trouble for everyone bar the opposition as he fails to play a Test all tour against South Africa. His lengthy list of misdemeanours include sleeping through his alarm to miss the team bus and, it later emerged, being floored by a punch from a senior fast-bowling team-mate. Swann makes his ODI debut, England's first one-day game of the new millennium, at Bloemfontein
. He has a tidy match but is expelled from international cricket for the rest of Duncan Fletcher's reign.
August 17, 2002
Flying high with Michael Hussey
Seven years before the wicket of Hussey would seal Swann's name in cricket folklore, he shared a 318-run stand with the Australian against Gloucestershire in Bristol
, making 183, his highest first-class score to date.
Moves to Nottinghamshire
After a frustrating final season at Northamptonshire, where he averaged 20.71 with the bat and 38.93 with the ball, Swann moved to Nottinghamshire, with coach Mick Newell welcoming the chirpy approach that galled others. He moves into Kevin Pietersen's old house as his future England team-mate moved to Hampshire.
February to March 2005
A-Grade in the A-Team
While England were climbing to their Ashes 2005 summit Swann was slowly rebuilding his career. The England selectors proved there was still some hope by including him in the England A tour to Sri Lanka. Though a disappointing tour for the team Swann emerged with his reputation enhanced.
Finally, the beginning of the road
Seven years had passed since Swann's single taste of international cricket, but England under the new regime of Peter Moores he was back in favour. Monty Panesar's star was beginning to fade and Swann's all-round ability made an attractive option. He's included on England's Test and ODI squads for Sri Lanka starts the second phase of his career in the first ODI against Sri Lanka at Dambulla
. Wins man of the match for his 4 for 34 and 25 that helped England to victory in the third game at the same venue
December 11, 2009
Double on debut
Makes his Test debut against India at Chennai
. In his first over he claims the key wickets of Gautam Gahmbir and Rahul Dravid and sets a trend that continues for striking in the first over of a spell.
February 15, 2009
Having started the winter as Monty Panesar's understudy, Swann replaces him as the sole spinner in the side for the Test against West Indies at St John's
. He celebrates by taking eight wickets in the match including his maiden five-wicket haul - 5 for 57 in the first innings.
July 2009 to September 2009
Having started slowly at Cardiff
, Swann grew in confidence playing breezy, often momentum-arresting innings with the bat through the series and taking crucial fourth-innings wickets in the win at Lord's
. In the third Test at Edgbaston
he produced one of the most compelling passages of play in the series, testing and teasing Ricky Pointing for five balls, before castling him with Swann's own 'ball of the century'. In the final Test at The Oval
Swann was in the wickets again, taking four in the second innings including the final, Ashes-winning scalp of Michael Hussey.
November 2009 to January 2010
Soaring in South Africa
South Africa should never have been the venue for a finger-spinner to cement his place near the pinnacle of the game. Yet Graeme Swann's stellar performances, with bat and particular ball gifted England a series draw which they should never have earned and propelled Swann to No.3 in the world's bowling rankings. Man of the match in the first two Tests, his first innings five-wicket haul at Centurion
and nine wickets to win England the Test at Durban
, were pivotal in holding together an erratic four-man attack. He completed his first full year in Test cricket with 54 wickets from 11 games, second only to Mitchell Johnson in 2009.
On the truest Test wicket in Australia, England knew they needed a performance from Swann if they were to wrap up victory in the second Test, especially given that Stuart Broad had been ruled out of the rest of the game with a torn stomach muscle. He duly delivered with five second-innings wickets