County news May 3, 2013

Swann penalised for serious dissent

ESPNcricinfo staff

Graeme Swann has been given a three-point penalty by the ECB for showing serious dissent after he was given out on the final day of the County Championship match against Durham at Trent Bridge.

Swann, who was making his return from injury following elbow surgery, was adjudged lbw to Scott Borthwick for 57, ending a final-wicket stand of 75 with Ajmal Shahzad which had taken Nottinghamshire to the brink of safety. His dismissal left Durham needing to chase 183 in 23 overs which they knocked off with ease although Swann took 4 for 56.

Swann was reported by umpires Steve Garratt and Peter Willey for a level two breach of the ECB code - showing serious dissent at an umpire's decision by word or action - and was called to see them after the match finished.

The penalty will remain on Swann's record for two years and the accumulation of nine or more penalty points in any two year period will result in an automatic suspension.

He was named in England's Champions Trophy squad on Friday and is expected to be part of the Test series against New Zealand which begins later this month.

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  • Sean on May 4, 2013, 12:37 GMT

    Good on ya swannylad. Fight the power

  • david on May 4, 2013, 12:34 GMT

    saw the decision on tv looked a shocker, but then some you get, some you don't as a bowler he should know that

  • Richard on May 4, 2013, 7:33 GMT

    No excuse for Swann. His attitude on the pitch does indeed get a bit petulant at times. Much like Broad. Horrible to see it. But I will say this. From what cricket I have watched on TV so far this season ( obviously not this match), the standard of umpiring is awful. I see better at my local club..... The Somerset/ Warks match last week was ridiculous. There are a few ENG umpires who need to be seriously looked at.

  • David on May 3, 2013, 23:31 GMT

    The lbw decision very likely decided the outcome of the game, so you can understand why Swann might be upset in the heat of the moment. The punishment was fair, and I'm sure he will have apologised to all by now. RandyOz - struggling right now to think of these "most of the world's spinners" you mention who have a better average than Swann. And don't forget he also averages 23 with the bat.

  • Jon on May 3, 2013, 22:33 GMT

    It did look an extremely dodgy decision!

  • Nicholas on May 3, 2013, 21:33 GMT

    New chapter for his books no doubt. Hope he doesn't bring this behaviour to the international scene [again]...

  • David on May 3, 2013, 18:45 GMT

    Swann is a 'character'. He is also highly competitive. He lost it, and he was quite rightly rebuked and punished.

    Unlike many so-called whingers, I dare say Swann will turn this into an amusing anecdote at his own expense. If you read Swann's autobiography, it is full of self-lacerating tales.

    Do I detect a certain Australian hostility towards a very fine spinner? All those great world spinners (Doherty, Beer, Smith) with such great averages that hail from the land of my birth will doubtless never write biographies because no on will be interested.

  • Ohhhh on May 3, 2013, 17:26 GMT

    Swann does as Swann wants. He will intimidate Nathan Lyon to tears this year!

  • Randolph on May 3, 2013, 16:44 GMT

    Much like Broad, Swann is a known whinger. When they do not get their own way they throw tantrums. It is this sort of behaviour that tells us why he released his own book before even taking 150 wickets and having a worse average than most of the world's spinners.

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