England news July 10, 2011

Swann crowned world No. 1 ODI bowler

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Graeme Swann has become the world's No. 1 one-day spinner after his eight wickets helped England to a 3-2 series win against Sri Lanka.

It is the first time he has reached the landmark in his career and he overtakes New Zealand's left-arm spinner Daniel Vettori, who had held the spot since September 2009.

Swann is also ranked No. 2 in Test cricket, behind Dale Steyn, but his No. 1 ranking is the first time an England bowler has achieved that feat in any form of the game since Steve Harmison briefly rose to the top of the Test rankings in August 2004.

Swann's England team-mate James Anderson put behind his disappointing World Cup to claim nine wickets at 21.77 and jumped 17 places to the 11th spot, but Stuart Broad, who only managed two wickets in the series, went in the other direction, falling eight places to 21st.

In the batting ranks Sri Lanka's captain Tillakaratne Dilshan has dropped six places, after a wretched series that brought 17 runs in five knocks, to sit joint-ninth with Australia captain Michael Clarke, while Kumar Sangakkara rose a spot to No. 4.

Jonathan Trott remains England's highest-ranked batsman at No. 7. Eoin Morgan gained one position to sit joint-23rd place with Ireland's Paul Stirling. Alastair Cook was man of the series after his 298 runs at 74.50, which helped him break into the top 50 for the first time, but at 48th, he still has a long way to climb.

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  • subbass on July 12, 2011, 21:30 GMT

    Swann ----> Hardlyanspin.

  • 5wombats on July 12, 2011, 21:22 GMT

    @ravi_hari; really good post my friend. Seen from an English perspective - it's just wonderful to have a bowler like Swann; reliable, cussed, always coming after the batsman. You are dead right about his attitude; he is a winner and has an aggressive killer instinct. Swann V india will be very very interesting to watch....

  • ravi_hari on July 12, 2011, 6:30 GMT

    Swann is easily the best offie in the world today. He is ahead of Bhajji for the simple reason that he represents a country where wickets are not suitable to spin bowling and most part of his career has been spent on bowling on tracks aiding fast bowling. Just like Shane Warne & Kapil Dev, Swann has mastered an art not very prevelant in their regions of origin. The best thing about Swann is his attitude. He is a fighter and has a lot of variation in his bowling. He makes good use of the crease and is not afraid to toss the ball up in any format. He literally purchases wickets just like the greats Prasanna and Venkataraghavan used to. He may not end up taking 400 wickets as age is not on his side, but he will have more wins against his team's name when he is in the XI. England's succes in the past 3 years is mainly due to Swann and the 3 Ashes have been won mostly because of the presence of Swann and absence of Warne! His real test though would be when he bowls to Indians. Hari Ravi

  • Meety on July 12, 2011, 2:23 GMT

    Interesting that 6 spinners make up the top 10 bowling slots in ODIs. Very few out & out speedsters in this list. @ElPhenomeno - yes I agree. Have a look at Lee - his best ranking sits 146 pts above Swanns current ranking. Of all the bowlers on the list only Vetori (790) has a career high near 800.

  • Mcgrath-Dravid-Flintoff on July 11, 2011, 19:49 GMT

    I'm indian but i feel Swann is way better than Harbhajan and is worthy of the top spot!

  • on July 11, 2011, 18:54 GMT

    why people askd questions on his ability on being on 1 spot............cant they see wat swann has did n doin ih his career............isnt it enuogh to shut those mouths

  • Valavan on July 11, 2011, 17:16 GMT

    Good luck Swann, hope anderson and tremlett leave some indian batsman so you can pick up their wickets. else Anderson and tremlett will demolish the ICC Test No.1 India

  • on July 11, 2011, 14:03 GMT

    wow why are indians so upset i knw Swan is way better than harbajan or any other spinner in this era...(post warn and Murali)

  • Pankaj_INDIA on July 11, 2011, 13:14 GMT

    to those who question india's no 1 test ranking, swann at bowlers and australia at ODI ranking are joke to ranking, india have been playing superb cricket over last 3 years, hence no 1 ranking. eng havent won a series in india sinc 3 decades, so they cant be called no1 just after beating now hopeless oz in ashes.

  • ElPhenomeno on July 11, 2011, 13:12 GMT

    Is it any surprise when I say cricket (specially the bowling) has gone totally downhill in last 8-10 years. Thesedays bowlers like graeme swann, jimmy anderson and zaheer khan are considered premier bowlers in the world. Where are guys like ambrose, walsh, wasim akram, waqar, mcgrath, allan donald, imran khan. Look at the calibre of these names vs swann, anderson and zaheer. LOL Doesn't even feel right at any level.

  • subbass on July 12, 2011, 21:30 GMT

    Swann ----> Hardlyanspin.

  • 5wombats on July 12, 2011, 21:22 GMT

    @ravi_hari; really good post my friend. Seen from an English perspective - it's just wonderful to have a bowler like Swann; reliable, cussed, always coming after the batsman. You are dead right about his attitude; he is a winner and has an aggressive killer instinct. Swann V india will be very very interesting to watch....

  • ravi_hari on July 12, 2011, 6:30 GMT

    Swann is easily the best offie in the world today. He is ahead of Bhajji for the simple reason that he represents a country where wickets are not suitable to spin bowling and most part of his career has been spent on bowling on tracks aiding fast bowling. Just like Shane Warne & Kapil Dev, Swann has mastered an art not very prevelant in their regions of origin. The best thing about Swann is his attitude. He is a fighter and has a lot of variation in his bowling. He makes good use of the crease and is not afraid to toss the ball up in any format. He literally purchases wickets just like the greats Prasanna and Venkataraghavan used to. He may not end up taking 400 wickets as age is not on his side, but he will have more wins against his team's name when he is in the XI. England's succes in the past 3 years is mainly due to Swann and the 3 Ashes have been won mostly because of the presence of Swann and absence of Warne! His real test though would be when he bowls to Indians. Hari Ravi

  • Meety on July 12, 2011, 2:23 GMT

    Interesting that 6 spinners make up the top 10 bowling slots in ODIs. Very few out & out speedsters in this list. @ElPhenomeno - yes I agree. Have a look at Lee - his best ranking sits 146 pts above Swanns current ranking. Of all the bowlers on the list only Vetori (790) has a career high near 800.

  • Mcgrath-Dravid-Flintoff on July 11, 2011, 19:49 GMT

    I'm indian but i feel Swann is way better than Harbhajan and is worthy of the top spot!

  • on July 11, 2011, 18:54 GMT

    why people askd questions on his ability on being on 1 spot............cant they see wat swann has did n doin ih his career............isnt it enuogh to shut those mouths

  • Valavan on July 11, 2011, 17:16 GMT

    Good luck Swann, hope anderson and tremlett leave some indian batsman so you can pick up their wickets. else Anderson and tremlett will demolish the ICC Test No.1 India

  • on July 11, 2011, 14:03 GMT

    wow why are indians so upset i knw Swan is way better than harbajan or any other spinner in this era...(post warn and Murali)

  • Pankaj_INDIA on July 11, 2011, 13:14 GMT

    to those who question india's no 1 test ranking, swann at bowlers and australia at ODI ranking are joke to ranking, india have been playing superb cricket over last 3 years, hence no 1 ranking. eng havent won a series in india sinc 3 decades, so they cant be called no1 just after beating now hopeless oz in ashes.

  • ElPhenomeno on July 11, 2011, 13:12 GMT

    Is it any surprise when I say cricket (specially the bowling) has gone totally downhill in last 8-10 years. Thesedays bowlers like graeme swann, jimmy anderson and zaheer khan are considered premier bowlers in the world. Where are guys like ambrose, walsh, wasim akram, waqar, mcgrath, allan donald, imran khan. Look at the calibre of these names vs swann, anderson and zaheer. LOL Doesn't even feel right at any level.

  • bombaytogoa on July 11, 2011, 12:02 GMT

    Swann , NO 1 blower in ODI...I am sure today is not 1st of April. Any way Nice Joke.

  • Dr_Van_Nostrand on July 11, 2011, 11:28 GMT

    September 2009 - July 2011....What a reign. Dan the man = champion.

  • sachin_vvsfan on July 11, 2011, 10:49 GMT

    @Alexk400 " Swann can get VVS laxman every time" May be after VVS does his bit. Remember the 2008 SL tour and the concluded WI tour? Spinners have got him most of the times but not before he did his bit.Anyways its a pleasant surprise to see a non subcontinent spinner getting #1. I thought vettori was a better spinner. Cant wait for Eng tour.

  • anver777 on July 11, 2011, 10:14 GMT

    Swann is rightly at the top of the rankings in ODI's..........well done Swann i like your attacking style of bowling u deserved to be No 1 !!!!!!

  • Praxis on July 11, 2011, 7:58 GMT

    Why do so many people have problems with Swann rising to the top? Isn't he good enough?

  • Dilanka009 on July 11, 2011, 6:48 GMT

    agree wt ya @goldeneye075!! he bowls wicket 2 wicket and spins it sumtyms...n hez nuthn more dn dt!!!hez gud bt nt da best!!!

  • on July 11, 2011, 5:43 GMT

    @Jonathan_E: He did get two wickets in the same over against India. But he couldn't dismiss Indians when they were chasing 387 on the fifth day track in the same match.

  • joseyesu on July 11, 2011, 5:02 GMT

    After seeing Mcgrath, Lee, Warne, Wasim Akram, Murali it is hard to digest the rankings. Cricket itself is taken back after Auss's Fall. I cannot accept Swan where Steyn is a better bowler than him.

  • on July 11, 2011, 3:40 GMT

    Be ready Swann......... Here comes the pain (India) :D

  • on July 11, 2011, 2:22 GMT

    What??????? Are you kidding me? Swann???? Anderson is the man. Let's see how India plays him (especially on a rainy day).

  • on July 11, 2011, 0:11 GMT

    To hell with these fake rankings.

  • smudgeon on July 10, 2011, 22:05 GMT

    What a great sign - 6 out of the top 10 ODI bowlers are spinners, including the top 4 spots. The World Cup, while played in favourable conditions, showed us there is still plenty of depth in world spin ranks, and that they have a role in ODIs beyond the middle overs. Rankings mightn't be the only way to judge a player's worth, but it's no accident that Swann got where he is now...

  • on July 10, 2011, 21:51 GMT

    yes.happy that swann is no.1. it should be 1.swann,2.randiv,3.bhajji and 4.vettori. best spinners in the world. although vettori is more of a pusher than a spinner. Spinners all the way!!

  • iamgroot on July 10, 2011, 21:49 GMT

    India vs Eng series will answer many questions and many rants by fans all over the world. Bhajji having passed the landmark of 400 wickets has surely got off the monkey behind his back. Bhajji will be surely itching to have a go at Eng batsman. It will be very interesting series for sure. Indian batting line up with Sehwag, Gambhir, Dravid, Sachin, Laxman, Yuvi/Raina, Dhoni,. That series will be a test for swann and this big hype surrounding him. Swann's real test awaits against India. For Indian team .Ishanth, Zaheer, PK all are in good form and in swinging conditions available in Eng it will be awesome attack to support bhajji. So there is more chance for bhajji succeeding in Eng than Swann against formidable batting line up. Any day Bhajji over swann.. Bhajji 's fighting qualities alone are sufficient to make him a winner. When Eng playing against other sides like Australia/ SA / Pak, . def support for swann. He is a good bowler for sure but has a long way to go

  • goldeneye075 on July 10, 2011, 21:12 GMT

    Swann, ... Dont make me laugh .... He is a accurate bowler, and a good one at it, nothing more than that !!!!

  • on July 10, 2011, 21:12 GMT

    congrats Swann for being the best bowler in ODI. Keep up the good wok.

  • on July 10, 2011, 21:01 GMT

    Superb bowler. He is the no.1 spinner in the world now. Wish Bhajji could follow his example. Congrats from India.

  • Trickstar on July 10, 2011, 20:54 GMT

    @jonesy2 ha ha ha ha ha ha ha a bit like your posting mate, embarrassing to say the least. I agree the rankings are a joke but not in this case, because he fully deserves his No1 spot but the fact Australia are still No1 in the ODi rankings now that is a joke.

  • 9717669381 on July 10, 2011, 20:08 GMT

    undoubtedly,,the best spinner in the world by far!!!go on swanny for atleast another 5 years

  • nzcricket174 on July 10, 2011, 20:03 GMT

    Swann is only no.1 because A: Vettori and NZ are playing no cricket, and B: Ray Price and Zimbabwe are playing no cricket.

  • Rocket_180 on July 10, 2011, 19:30 GMT

    got to laugh as England bang on about, how important seam is in England and have ineffective spin is and this is why we cant be like other quality ODI teams in world cricket and have 2 quality spinner in are line-up because spinners in England are ineffective, this just shows how much rubbish they talk. Hopefully now with Englands & Worlds best bowler in the ODI arena as an off spinner hopefully England will reliese that its time to bring in a second quality spinner in the ODI team like RASHID/BRIGGS and play with 3 seamers and 2 spinners in are bowling attack like the rest of the world as this proven as the best format in ODI cricket

    Well Done Swann GREAT Achievement to be best bowler in ODI cricket

  • on July 10, 2011, 18:16 GMT

    swanny should be given a go in power plays as well he fine driver of cricket ball and he can hit it pretty hard.

  • sl_cricfan on July 10, 2011, 17:34 GMT

    Swann is a wonderful spin bowler... All the best to him from Sri Lanka

  • Jonathan_E on July 10, 2011, 17:16 GMT

    To those saying Swann can't bowl in the subcontinent: He made his debut over there... taking two wickets in his first over ... and if I remember correctly they were Gambhir and Dravid.

  • Gupta.Ankur on July 10, 2011, 17:11 GMT

    It will be great if other England players are given top rankings as well..............they in eng would be on top of the world.............and by the time they come down.....Dhoni would have lifted both Test and ODI series trophies........

  • on July 10, 2011, 16:58 GMT

    rohanblue what the hell does hollywood heroes have to do with cricket

  • Roar911 on July 10, 2011, 16:49 GMT

    congrats swann... keep it consistent cz danny is right behind ya! we shouldnt always blame on rankings cz our favorite player/s isn't on top 10! rankings are given regarding the current performances. even nuwan kulasekera got the number 1 spot! ...........for me it would'v been 'steyn-vettori-lee-swann-harbi-malinga-sajmal-rayprice-jimmy-zak-bishoo...' (personal opinion, based on consistency)

  • Alexk400 on July 10, 2011, 16:40 GMT

    I am indian i like swann attitude. Lively. But to beat india , you have to be backup yourself in key moments. You have to constantly at them. Never bowl lose balls. Swann can get VVS laxman every time. He should avoid bowling to sehwag though. By that time sehwag out swan average balloon up. So come after sehwag.

  • on July 10, 2011, 16:22 GMT

    wat greame swaan do in wc in sub continent p 10 wickets only in spin freindly pitches and against india and sri lanka only 1 wicket in wc he will be tested without hawk eye in india series and if it was there then too

  • SamRoy on July 10, 2011, 16:12 GMT

    @StraightHit Hope like good spinners in the bygone era he can play well into his late 30's. Hope he is not dropped in a way similar to one when they dropped Thorpe even though only Vaughan and Trescothick were better batsmen then him.

  • StatisticsRocks on July 10, 2011, 16:10 GMT

    I think Swan is by-far the best off spinner in the world right now. He has been great in test matches and now proving his worth in ODI's. But, I don't think he is #1 bowler in the world in ODI. This will be proven when IND play England this summer as Indians are pretty good players of spin. All in all Swan, Ajmal, Bhajji, Sakib, are keeping the spinners torch burning. It's almost impossible to replace the 3 greats in Murali, Warne, and Kumble but goos to see spinners doing their part.

  • on July 10, 2011, 16:03 GMT

    good!!!!! best luck swan.. India arriving!!!!!!!!!!

  • demigoat on July 10, 2011, 16:02 GMT

    Bang_La: "see how they celebrate" - who? where? Small-minded idiocy.

  • Bang_La on July 10, 2011, 15:25 GMT

    hahahaha in 40 years of ODI cricket a player from a team which claims to be the father of cricket attained #1 position only now and see how they celebrate! hahahahaha. @rohanblue, i agree with you about swann's personality, very lively.

  • CricketChat on July 10, 2011, 15:19 GMT

    Not sure if Swann deserves to be No.1, but clearly best spinner in the world last 2 yrs by some yards. Hope he stays at the top for next 4/5 yrs at least.

  • Unmesh_cric on July 10, 2011, 15:16 GMT

    Swann is a very overrated bowler...I won't be surprised to see him struggle against Indians in the upcoming series.

  • JackJak on July 10, 2011, 15:08 GMT

    England were looking for a bowler who could bowl at the death and those good yorkers and slower ones and looks like they have a pretty good option in Dernbach...so now they can use Anderson, Broad, Tremlett, Bresnan or whoever it is not as their main death bowlers. The batting however lacks potency however in the end over..they need a few guys who can clear the boundary in the last few overs.

  • on July 10, 2011, 15:02 GMT

    it would have been great if he had been more young. He is better than Harbhajan these days as Bhajji has lost his magic to take wickets. Hope it comes back in Englanl series

  • indianzen on July 10, 2011, 14:44 GMT

    He is a rock star in english pitches, but i doubt a little in sub continental pitches... thats why he went unsold in IPL...

  • jonesy2 on July 10, 2011, 14:19 GMT

    bahahahahahahahahahhaha!!! as if we needed any more proof that the ICC rankings are a complete and utter joke!

  • Munkeymomo on July 10, 2011, 13:58 GMT

    Morgan is joint wit Paul Stirling? I like the lad, seen him play some decent knocks for Middlesex but he is nowhere as good as Morgan at this moment in time, needs to mature a bit.

  • demon_bowler on July 10, 2011, 13:30 GMT

    Swann has had a relatively quiet summer by his standards, certainly in the tests, where weather conditions reduced his contributions with the ball. Claiming the no.1 spot in the ODI rankings is a reminder of his consistent excellence. However, the fact that England doesn't have another bowler in the top 10 shows one of the main reasons that they are not a consistently good 1-day side.

  • rohanblue on July 10, 2011, 13:20 GMT

    i am indian, bt i m a huge fan of greame swann, nt only his bowling bt the way he carry himself is awesome..... he is better than many hollywood heroes... u rock swan...

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  • rohanblue on July 10, 2011, 13:20 GMT

    i am indian, bt i m a huge fan of greame swann, nt only his bowling bt the way he carry himself is awesome..... he is better than many hollywood heroes... u rock swan...

  • demon_bowler on July 10, 2011, 13:30 GMT

    Swann has had a relatively quiet summer by his standards, certainly in the tests, where weather conditions reduced his contributions with the ball. Claiming the no.1 spot in the ODI rankings is a reminder of his consistent excellence. However, the fact that England doesn't have another bowler in the top 10 shows one of the main reasons that they are not a consistently good 1-day side.

  • Munkeymomo on July 10, 2011, 13:58 GMT

    Morgan is joint wit Paul Stirling? I like the lad, seen him play some decent knocks for Middlesex but he is nowhere as good as Morgan at this moment in time, needs to mature a bit.

  • jonesy2 on July 10, 2011, 14:19 GMT

    bahahahahahahahahahhaha!!! as if we needed any more proof that the ICC rankings are a complete and utter joke!

  • indianzen on July 10, 2011, 14:44 GMT

    He is a rock star in english pitches, but i doubt a little in sub continental pitches... thats why he went unsold in IPL...

  • on July 10, 2011, 15:02 GMT

    it would have been great if he had been more young. He is better than Harbhajan these days as Bhajji has lost his magic to take wickets. Hope it comes back in Englanl series

  • JackJak on July 10, 2011, 15:08 GMT

    England were looking for a bowler who could bowl at the death and those good yorkers and slower ones and looks like they have a pretty good option in Dernbach...so now they can use Anderson, Broad, Tremlett, Bresnan or whoever it is not as their main death bowlers. The batting however lacks potency however in the end over..they need a few guys who can clear the boundary in the last few overs.

  • Unmesh_cric on July 10, 2011, 15:16 GMT

    Swann is a very overrated bowler...I won't be surprised to see him struggle against Indians in the upcoming series.

  • CricketChat on July 10, 2011, 15:19 GMT

    Not sure if Swann deserves to be No.1, but clearly best spinner in the world last 2 yrs by some yards. Hope he stays at the top for next 4/5 yrs at least.

  • Bang_La on July 10, 2011, 15:25 GMT

    hahahaha in 40 years of ODI cricket a player from a team which claims to be the father of cricket attained #1 position only now and see how they celebrate! hahahahaha. @rohanblue, i agree with you about swann's personality, very lively.