South Africa in England 2012 August 29, 2012

Swann rested for remaining ODIs

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Graeme Swann has been rested for the remainder of the one-day series in another indication of the concerns around his troublesome elbow which may require surgery in the future. James Tredwell, the Kent offspinner, will replace him for the final three matches.

Swann will return for the Twenty20 series next month which precedes the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka where England are defending their title. Despite a lean summer Swann is still integral in all three formats which means there is precious little opportunity to find a long-term fix for his elbow problem which is caused by floating bone fragments.

England play a four-Test series in India during November and December, which will be Alastair Cook's first assignment as Test captain, before returning for a one-day series in the New Year, then there is a full tour of New Zealand which includes three Tests. If Swann does require surgery it cannot be left too late if he wants to regain fitness in time for next year's Ashes series which is followed immediately by a return series in Australia.

Swann, who was controversially dropped for the second Test against South Africa, has taken just 10 Test wickets this season in five matches during a summer badly disrupted by the weather. He was previously rested for the latter part of the one-day series against Australia after England had taken a 2-0 lead, but this time the home side are 1-0 down to South Africa after an 80-run defeat on Wednesday where Swann took 2 for 50.

Tredwell was not included in the World Twenty20 squad - Hampshire's left-arm spinner Danny Briggs was preferred - but remains Swann's understudy in the 50-over format having played the final ODI against Australia at Old Trafford where he took 2 for 23. He has a good chance of featuring on the tour to India, too, having been included as back-up to Swann for the Sri Lanka trip earlier this year.

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  • JG2704 on August 31, 2012, 20:14 GMT

    @Meety on (August 31 2012, 12:51 PM GMT) Difficult one.Spinners can go on for longer than pace bowlers I find. I think the only people who can advise Swann are the medical people. Swann's preferences are tests over other formats so I'm sure all this would have crossed his mind

  • JG2704 on August 31, 2012, 20:14 GMT

    @Akshita29 on (August 31 2012, 15:53 PM GMT) Not sure. I honestly didn't see Flower's comments re resting players for SA/Australia , but I'd be surprised if he meant for all formats. Regardless I think resting a player because he has an injury niggle is different from just resting a player. I'm pretty sure if KP was still an England player and he had a niggle and so close to the T20WC Flower would rest him too. Regardless , Hira's comms that KP got no rest time are wrong. Also I reckon decisions on Broad and Swann were made after consultation with the medical people.

  • Garp on August 31, 2012, 16:59 GMT

    This is also part of the reason there is such a riff is the English dressing room. What is good for some is not for the others. Broad and Swann barring the last Test against SA actually didn't warrant selection. These players who hardly are in form are never made to play County cricket to try and regain form and are given more time off than any professional athlete I've seen in my 44 years of life. This is also why we've been made to look a fool against SA, instead of doing as the South Africans did prior to the series or any other International side does before a series and get as much cricket as possible in to get in form and heighten fitness levels our blokes stay as far away from the game as possible constantly crying over their workload and how hard it is being a cricketer. They show a general lack of respect for their opponents, the paying public who pay outrageous fees for tixs and gear, and the sport with this arrogance and selfishness. Until this is corrected we will fail.

  • Akshita29 on August 31, 2012, 15:53 GMT

    @jg2704 kp was told he would be rested for WIndies Odis but Flower then clearly said no Way he could rest a main player in a odi against SA or Aus . Now how could he rest both broad and Swan. Is not that a double standard . Correct me if I am wrong.

  • Meety on August 31, 2012, 12:51 GMT

    @JG2704 - had posted a longer comment about resting Swann. I think it is time he considers retiring from short forms (after the SL T20 w/cup). The questions are 1) Is Tests the most important format? (Yes), 2. Is Swann the best Test spinner England have? (Yes), 3. DO England want a bowling line up with a spinner in it (Yes, well most of the time). Then Swann MUST be managed correctly & tapped on the shoulder & suggested to retire from the short forms. He is not a spring chicken (33), but in reality, England can get another FIVE years out of him, I think atm, he is heading for maybe two years! Not only he is top class spinner, he is a useful tailender & an excellent slipsmen, he really does need to be managed well, he is a valuable asset.

  • JG2704 on August 31, 2012, 6:48 GMT

    @Hira1 on (August 29 2012, 16:52 PM GMT) I know you don't like to face the facts but KP was due to be rested for the WI ODI series shortly after he announced his retirement and basically rested himself from England period.

  • cric_fan_ on August 31, 2012, 4:47 GMT

    what's with bopara, he is performing every match by either scoring runs or taking wickets and the one time he doesn't perform everyone comes for his head. if he gets dropped it'd be good for India because he is England's best player against spin.

  • cric_fan_ on August 31, 2012, 4:41 GMT

    what happened to panesar? why isn't he being considered for selection? he looked to be at par with swann in recent times.

  • Buckers410 on August 30, 2012, 21:21 GMT

    England have issues at the moment, as we can see. Swann is soooo overated and should be replaced by Tredwell, who is taking far more wickets and in better form. Team for India tests should be: 1. Cook (c) 2. Trott 3. Morgan 4. Bell 5. Bairstow 6. Prior 7. Broad 8. Tredwell 9. Anderson 10. Panesar 11. Finn with Bresnan and other spinners going on the tour

  • JG2704 on August 30, 2012, 19:47 GMT

    @Meety on (August 30 2012, 00:32 AM GMT) Could be right there. I certainly don't see Patel as a spinner in tests - more of a batsman who is not good enough to be a 5th bowler but a better option than Bopara or Trott

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