England news April 18, 2012

Swann named England's winter MVP

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Graeme Swann has been named as England's Most Valuable Player over the winter, according to the ranking system used by the Professional Cricketers' Association (PCA). Swann's 10-wicket haul against Sri Lanka earlier this month helped England to a first Test win in five matches and took his tally to 39 wickets in all formats.

Swann held off Kevin Pietersen, who scored 151 as England levelled the two-Test series with Sri Lanka at 1-1, to win the FTI MVP award, which includes a cheque for £2,000 to be given the charity Lowe Syndrome Trust. Swann has previously been England's MVP twice before - after the tours to South Africa and Bangladesh in 2009-10 and following the 2010 English summer.

The draw in Colombo - in which Swann finished with match figures of 10 for 181 - also ensured England retained their No. 1 Test ranking for a while longer.

"I'm delighted to have won the FTI MVP after what has been a tough winter and it's obviously great that we're still number one too," Swann said. "It is nice to win any award but it is especially pleasing to win one where you are compared to your team-mates on hard statistics.

"Losing the three Tests against Pakistan was a real blow, but we picked ourselves up in the ODIs and again after the defeat in Galle to prove there's plenty of fight in this team. The performance in Colombo bodes well for the summer, and hopefully we can carry that momentum into the Test series against the West Indies."

Sebastian Mathews, senior vice-president of FTI Consulting, said: "Congratulations to Graeme on his win, not only for this winter, but for becoming the first person to win a hat-trick of England FTI MVP awards. It was a very exciting end to the winter FTI MVPs where Graeme was run very close and this sets us up for an exciting summer of cricket ahead of us."

The MVP ranking system, used by the PCA since 2007, takes into account factors such as bowlers' economy rates and the percentage of a team's runs scored by individual batsmen, alongside more standard measurements such as wickets, runs and catches.

Swann also topped the individual Test statistics with 146 points from five matches at an average of 29.17. His total was over 40 points clear of nearest challenger James Anderson. ODI captain Alastair Cook led from the front in 50-over cricket, topping the standings with 113 points, while Pietersen, who scored 30% of England's runs in the shortest format, was the T20 FTI MVP.

Edited by Alan Gardner

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  • POSTED BY Meety on | April 21, 2012, 0:01 GMT

    @Damo_s - with Swanny's action & bowling lines, a doosra not matter how well he disguised it would be pretty obvious to reasonable batsmen. The doosra works for a different style of offie, (particularly if the technique is unique). @JG2704 - understand that it was across all 3 formats, but you have to admit, it's a pretty lame award. Not bagging Swann or the team, just that it really isn't as big of a deal as say MVP of the year etc.

  • POSTED BY B.Moizuddin.Gouhar on | April 20, 2012, 21:20 GMT

    dont compare swann with kp... its like comparing swan with sparrow... swann is real fighter and gives his 100 and is always in news for good reasons and is just opposite .. he just need fame and money thats what hi is getting now in IPL... i just wanna know if there is a single incident where swann is involved but for KP u can count as many as u want... its really good for england he is not a captain... otherwise england would have not been where it is now... happy to see england performing good curtesy team work...

  • POSTED BY Damo_s on | April 20, 2012, 13:14 GMT

    Swann is a great spinner for England. He has been doing his job very well and has been rewarded for it. Thats all England supporters care about. is he the best? Who cares. Imagine how good he coudl be if he developed a doosra

  • POSTED BY Paul.Power on | April 20, 2012, 11:58 GMT

    While I wouldn't say Swann's the best spinner in the world (fair play to Ajmal, he's earnt that particular accolade), it has to be said that for what he is - an orthodox off-spinner bowling on covered wickets (albeit with the help of DRS) - he gets tremendous returns. He puts good revs on the ball, uses flight and guile, and likes to attack. It's good to see him revive an art that had long been thought dead.

  • POSTED BY Vivian_Richard on | April 20, 2012, 8:25 GMT

    I enjoy Swann bowling because he doesn't have fancy stuff and doesn't claim to have those either. If RD were a bowler, he'd probably be like Swann.

  • POSTED BY MWDZ on | April 20, 2012, 8:00 GMT

    Hey I am Sri lankan, but I have always admired Swanny and his ability to bowl attackingly on any type of wicket, without variations to his action, even when the English administration did not have faith in him and he was in cold storage. Keep on going man, to one can beat you in the spin world in todays game

  • POSTED BY sandy_bangalore on | April 20, 2012, 6:35 GMT

    For all those who doubt Swanns abilities, a certain Mr SUnil Gavaskar had this to say in his column last week : " Without doubt, Swanns the premier spinner in the world today, and he takes his wickets without the doosras and so-called teesras, and relies on flight, guile and turn". Case closed fellows! Back to your back-office work :)

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | April 19, 2012, 16:12 GMT

    @rett on (April 19 2012, 13:21 PM GMT)Yes the Pak test series was a mare and the SL series was not great , even though it was drawn with Eng in the ascendancy. But this award was apparrently across all 3 formats and while you remember the 3-0 defeat - which we all do and still lament - you forget the OD 4-0 win and the 2-1 win in the T20s. Anyway thanks for your Most Valuable Comments

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | April 19, 2012, 16:08 GMT

    @anuradha_d on (April 19 2012, 09:20 AM GMT) JA also had a decent tour as did Broad and Monty. This was across all 3 formats and Swann was excellent in nthe ODIs and T20s and came on strong in the SL series. Yes he had a slow start but was never likely to be dropped

  • POSTED BY rett on | April 19, 2012, 13:21 GMT

    England's winter most valuable player-there is an award for this? What's next? After a three nil drubbing against Pakistan and a drawn series against Sri Lanka the world's number one test team have an award for their most valuable player? Change "most valuable" to "least humiliated" and the award would at least have some reflection of reality.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | April 21, 2012, 0:01 GMT

    @Damo_s - with Swanny's action & bowling lines, a doosra not matter how well he disguised it would be pretty obvious to reasonable batsmen. The doosra works for a different style of offie, (particularly if the technique is unique). @JG2704 - understand that it was across all 3 formats, but you have to admit, it's a pretty lame award. Not bagging Swann or the team, just that it really isn't as big of a deal as say MVP of the year etc.

  • POSTED BY B.Moizuddin.Gouhar on | April 20, 2012, 21:20 GMT

    dont compare swann with kp... its like comparing swan with sparrow... swann is real fighter and gives his 100 and is always in news for good reasons and is just opposite .. he just need fame and money thats what hi is getting now in IPL... i just wanna know if there is a single incident where swann is involved but for KP u can count as many as u want... its really good for england he is not a captain... otherwise england would have not been where it is now... happy to see england performing good curtesy team work...

  • POSTED BY Damo_s on | April 20, 2012, 13:14 GMT

    Swann is a great spinner for England. He has been doing his job very well and has been rewarded for it. Thats all England supporters care about. is he the best? Who cares. Imagine how good he coudl be if he developed a doosra

  • POSTED BY Paul.Power on | April 20, 2012, 11:58 GMT

    While I wouldn't say Swann's the best spinner in the world (fair play to Ajmal, he's earnt that particular accolade), it has to be said that for what he is - an orthodox off-spinner bowling on covered wickets (albeit with the help of DRS) - he gets tremendous returns. He puts good revs on the ball, uses flight and guile, and likes to attack. It's good to see him revive an art that had long been thought dead.

  • POSTED BY Vivian_Richard on | April 20, 2012, 8:25 GMT

    I enjoy Swann bowling because he doesn't have fancy stuff and doesn't claim to have those either. If RD were a bowler, he'd probably be like Swann.

  • POSTED BY MWDZ on | April 20, 2012, 8:00 GMT

    Hey I am Sri lankan, but I have always admired Swanny and his ability to bowl attackingly on any type of wicket, without variations to his action, even when the English administration did not have faith in him and he was in cold storage. Keep on going man, to one can beat you in the spin world in todays game

  • POSTED BY sandy_bangalore on | April 20, 2012, 6:35 GMT

    For all those who doubt Swanns abilities, a certain Mr SUnil Gavaskar had this to say in his column last week : " Without doubt, Swanns the premier spinner in the world today, and he takes his wickets without the doosras and so-called teesras, and relies on flight, guile and turn". Case closed fellows! Back to your back-office work :)

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | April 19, 2012, 16:12 GMT

    @rett on (April 19 2012, 13:21 PM GMT)Yes the Pak test series was a mare and the SL series was not great , even though it was drawn with Eng in the ascendancy. But this award was apparrently across all 3 formats and while you remember the 3-0 defeat - which we all do and still lament - you forget the OD 4-0 win and the 2-1 win in the T20s. Anyway thanks for your Most Valuable Comments

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | April 19, 2012, 16:08 GMT

    @anuradha_d on (April 19 2012, 09:20 AM GMT) JA also had a decent tour as did Broad and Monty. This was across all 3 formats and Swann was excellent in nthe ODIs and T20s and came on strong in the SL series. Yes he had a slow start but was never likely to be dropped

  • POSTED BY rett on | April 19, 2012, 13:21 GMT

    England's winter most valuable player-there is an award for this? What's next? After a three nil drubbing against Pakistan and a drawn series against Sri Lanka the world's number one test team have an award for their most valuable player? Change "most valuable" to "least humiliated" and the award would at least have some reflection of reality.

  • POSTED BY EpuurSiMouve on | April 19, 2012, 13:07 GMT

    RandyOZ reminds me more and more of comical Ali from the Iraq war. "Hauritz is better than Swan...err no i meant Beer...err no i meant Doherty....err no i meant Lyon....err no i meant whos next on the endless treadmill of mediorce Australian 'spinners'."

  • POSTED BY Randy0Z on | April 19, 2012, 12:24 GMT

    Swann is still one of the best spinners out there, I'd give both arms to have a spinner of his quality in our side!

  • POSTED BY Front_Foot_Lunge on | April 19, 2012, 11:14 GMT

    A great imitation of Warne

  • POSTED BY on | April 19, 2012, 10:17 GMT

    Wher is Ajmal? No. # 1 ICC bowler. It is very important to appreciate all cricketers on the basis of their talent, performance and statistics. Unfortunately, many writers (and cricket lovers) are biased towards their countrymen only. It is more evident in English media and English team supporters. First love cricket as a game them anything else.

  • POSTED BY anuradha_d on | April 19, 2012, 9:20 GMT

    why not anderson?....what about consistency.......Swann was so bad that he was even likely to be dropped........looks like someone is going out of the ways to make Swann feel good.......after making him feel insecure about his place in the side

  • POSTED BY on | April 19, 2012, 9:14 GMT

    For anyone who thinks Swann's reputation is fabricated by the English media, in 2010 he was ranked by the ICC as the second best bowler in the world and the best spinner, and took the most wickets of any bowler, spinner or otherwise, in test matches for that calendar year. So far in 2012 he's the leading wicket taker in tests and is ranked fourth on the ICC test bowlers' rankings, behind only Dale Steyn, Saeed Ajmal and James Anderson. But I guess the English media are just making it all up, right?

  • POSTED BY Yevghenny on | April 19, 2012, 8:46 GMT

    Swann might not have right angle turn, but he keeps picking up big wickets at a good average. I don't really care if he's the best in the world, he's doing the job for England.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | April 19, 2012, 8:45 GMT

    @ Shan156/CS I'm not a huge Monty fan (I mean I don't favour him over Swann)but he contributed a hell of a lot more than all of the batsmen in UAE. I'm a fan of both players. Agree that Monty bowled more overs and on checking Swann did indeed have the better strike rate but I suppose Monty bowled more overs because Strauss thought he looked more threatening or because (and stats prove this) when he wasn't taking wickets , he was drying up the runs more and creating pressure that way.In SC conditions at least I'd have both in my side plus 3 quicks. TBH Swann did have a better tour than I initially thought. I think if Broad had not got injured and continued his UAE form it might have gone to him. However Swann did the business in the final test and deserves the award

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | April 19, 2012, 8:35 GMT

    @Nair_saab on (April 19 2012, 05:02 AM GMT) - Obviously you care otherwise you wouldn't even click on the story. I take it no one is forcing you to read it?

  • POSTED BY sachin_vvsfan on | April 19, 2012, 7:15 GMT

    Gem from RandyOZ :) This guy keeps entertaining. @Shan156 agree swann didn't get too many chances in india. But iam sure he will not be a threat in shorter formats. Hoping to see a great context in india

  • POSTED BY soumyas on | April 19, 2012, 7:13 GMT

    @RandyOZ, there is some amount of truth in what u r saying. i always wondered how come so fast ppl are rating swann as best spinner ? it is the same spinner who cudn't get bangladeshi tailenders wicket in WC-2011 and went onto loose. its British media portraying him as the BEST spinner. watching him most of them felt nothing gr8 abt him, everybody felt he is a gud spinner not the BEST.

  • POSTED BY soumyas on | April 19, 2012, 6:57 GMT

    when ever ranking/ratings involved, please put them in table and list them rank wise, all don't have patience and time to read through the story.

  • POSTED BY on | April 19, 2012, 6:50 GMT

    I don't think people realise how important Swann is. He always bowls between ok - great. takes wickets at decent strike rates. Never really see an awful spell from him.Take him out and put anyone else in on there own and see the difference at having a bowler that can neither contain or take wickets, Swann is complete He is the best spinner in the world right now. Just a good job he plays for us because I wouldn't like to see England bat against him

  • POSTED BY hris on | April 19, 2012, 6:43 GMT

    MOP would be more appropriate. still a pretty good spinner. Late bloomer like Ryan Harris. Swann has 182 wickets at nearly 28. Lyon with 30 at 31.5. But Lyon is 9 years younger. Lyon will own Swann in time.

  • POSTED BY Front-Foot-Lunge on | April 19, 2012, 6:33 GMT

    Pure envy from Randy as per usual: I'll take the biggest turner of the ball since Warne and the best spinner since Warne (Warne's own words!!!) over a 3rd rate club cricketer like Lyon or Beer any day. Another Ashes thrashing awaits Randy, so naturally he's terrified.b A Big smile lights up my face whenever Randy talks about Swann or Lyon, it's like watching the TV spokesman of a dying regime franticly fight for credibility in his answers!

  • POSTED BY Front-Foot-Lunge on | April 19, 2012, 6:27 GMT

    Swann has dominated the spin rankings for the last three years, and now he's continuing that further on. Unquestionably the best spinner since Warne, no other bowler has been able to match him for turn, cycles on the ball and curve in the air. It's good to see him get recognized for that.

  • POSTED BY VillageBlacksmith on | April 19, 2012, 6:03 GMT

    Receiving an MBE is lovely, and a nice way to be recognised. Obviously they are not available everywhere and only to a few which seems to be causing a little bit of jealousy on this site. We give out and receive MBEs because we can. And long may it continue. I guess from some of the green eyed posts on here, some people cannot. Never mind. You can always troll off to your own sites and leave the No 1 cricket team in the world to their very many admirers ; )

  • POSTED BY Shan156 on | April 19, 2012, 5:56 GMT

    @Chithsabesh Sivasankar Bharadwaj, even Murali and Warne have poor records in India. Swann played just 2 tests in India. That is not a sufficient number of tests to judge a player. I am not saying Swann would have a great record had he played more tests in India. Dravid would still be considered a great batsman even though he has a mediocre record in SA. Swann would still be considered a good spinner even though his record in India is poor.

  • POSTED BY Shan156 on | April 19, 2012, 5:51 GMT

    @puroniks, do you follow cricket? England's 2005 Ashes win did come after a long time (their last win was in 1986-1987) but that is not 50 years. It is not like they won only once or twice in the last 50 years. Just in the 1980s, they won 3-1 in England (1981) and 2-1 (1986-1987). In those 16 years, the Aussies were the undisputed champions and lost very few tests. If anything, England and India were the only teams to win at least a test in Australia for like 13 years or so. Oh btw, the rain didn't save them in the Oval test; if anything, it saved the Aussies (also in OT). The Aussies should have scored nearly 350 runs to win that test. A daunting task even for that team against that attack.

    Of course, I do agree that the MBEs were too much. But, why compare this award to that? This award may be a joke to you but it is not to the recipients and as someone else pointed out the charity that benefits from this.

  • POSTED BY dr.thirsty on | April 19, 2012, 5:35 GMT

    Hi Randy! Wondered when you would turn up with your love for, and envy of, all things English. I, naturally, have a slightly different take on Swann and will paraphrase your words if I may. 'Will go down in history as an average spinner made to look good by the fact that he played so many Tests against Australia'. There, that's better. I do agree with you about the book though - definitely a tad premature. It's like a 30 year old Test opener with 300 runs at an average of 30 producing a book - it just wouldn't happen... Oh, wait a minute...

  • POSTED BY sherishahmir on | April 19, 2012, 5:15 GMT

    I dont remember England got a better spiner ever than Swanny, he is prolific spinner probably the v best at the moment with Ajmal as right quoted by K Sangakara. He bowled superbly even against the Pak in recent series but unfortunately Eng batting could nt click and they lost 3-0. Further, in the recent past if we analyse the English team rise, its not only due to one man contribution, the whole team played collectively, cohesively under the superb leadership of A Strauss. The way they beated proteas and ozzies they deserved to be number 1 test team. About their forthcoming tour of India, it would be exciting to watch that how Indian team defends themselves in their backyard against a very professional and determined side and would be a great oppurtunity to Strauss & co to conquer the head quarter of subcontinent cricket.

  • POSTED BY landl47 on | April 19, 2012, 5:07 GMT

    Another gem from RandyOZ, the guy who gave us 'Lyon and Pattinson are the direct successors to Warne and McGrath' only yesterday. I guess if anyone who has only taken 150-odd (182 now) wickets who writes a book is digging a hole for themselves, you haven't bought any of the dozen or so books Ashley Mallett (132 wickets, which makes him Australia's most successful offspinner since WW2) has written so far. Sad to see his countryman deriding him- he was a decent bowler and is a good author. Still, you know best, RO, don't you?

  • POSTED BY Nair_saab on | April 19, 2012, 5:02 GMT

    have to come here to say "Who cares ?"..haven't seen any article about MVP of that particular series , haven't seen MVP of the Australian summer,haven't seen MVP Eng vs Pak U.A.E., Haven't seen MVP Asia Cup,haven't Seen MVP Ind vs Eng ODI...have i missed all these or c-info missed?..ammmazzing.....no offense , but again "WHO....CARES ?" at least in India.

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | April 19, 2012, 5:02 GMT

    @puroniks, apparently you care, or you wouldn't have taken the time and made the effort to read the story and then make two separate comments hours apart. The people who really don't care would have seen the title of the story and not even opened the page, never mind read the story, never mind commented on it. Just like RandyOZ, the fact that you try to rubbish England just proves that you do care and you do think they're good. Noone expends so such energy trying to convince others that something is bad when they know that others already know it to be bad. England are the #1 Test team yet we're told over and over how bad they are while the teams at the bottom of the rankings rarely rate a mention. Can you say "over compensating"?

  • POSTED BY on | April 19, 2012, 4:45 GMT

    Swann is a very good spinner but his record in India is poor.The series in winter between the two sides will be a huge test for swann.I Admit he is capable of being one of the all time greats.

  • POSTED BY on | April 19, 2012, 2:55 GMT

    @RandyOZ. I don't understand someone saying Swann overrated. He is a champion bowler and he is from England and not sub-continent. He only makes his test debut, if i remember correctly, in 2008. Had he been selected at early age, he would have taken more wickets. He is not overrated. He deserves the award.

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | April 19, 2012, 2:46 GMT

    @RandyOZ, I guess that, as a fan of the current Australia team, you'd know all about a spinner looking good due to the failings of his predecessors.

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | April 19, 2012, 2:32 GMT

    @RandyOZ, Swann is less than a year older than Ryan Harris and has 136 more wickets, so if that's your yardstick then Harris must be total rubbish.

  • POSTED BY Shan156 on | April 19, 2012, 1:35 GMT

    @JG2704, I know you are a Monty fan but Swann is clearly the better spinner. Monty did get more wickets than Swann but bowled more overs as someone else pointed out. Swann's average of 25 in Pakistan while not great like the other spinners in that series was quite decent. Also, in SL, Monty was toothless in the first test. His statistics in SL are terrible and England made the correct decision to drop him for the 2nd test. He is definitely betterthan Samit Patel, but Patel offers more with the bat and didn't better than Monty with the ball in the first test.

  • POSTED BY Shan156 on | April 19, 2012, 1:30 GMT

    @RandyOZ, how the Aussies would love to have a spinner like Swann in their ranks now? The cupboard is quite bare, isn't it? What with the likes of Lyon, Beer, and Doherty, who wouldn't get into the England third XI, staking their claims in the Aussie XI.

  • POSTED BY Aristotle01 on | April 19, 2012, 0:23 GMT

    Why not give this joke of an honor to owais shah or liam plunkett or vikram solanki or someone like that..haha.. i dont know whats a bigger joke... this award or the award given in the form of MBEs to that team that won the ashes in 2005 thanks to rain in the final test that saved them...... MBEs for one chancy win after being thrashed by australia for fifty years.

  • POSTED BY RandyOZ on | April 18, 2012, 23:50 GMT

    Swann, with less than 200 wickets and well into his 30's, would have to be one of the most overrated cricketers out there today, with Bell a close second. Anyone who releases a book with 150 odd wickets is just digging a hole for themselves. Will go down in history as an average spinner made to look good by the fact his pre-decessor was one of the worst 'spin' bowlers in history (Giles).

  • POSTED BY Meety on | April 18, 2012, 23:25 GMT

    Good onya Swanny. This would be satisfying as he was starting to cop a bit of heat over the UAE & 1st SL test. Came back like a Champion!

  • POSTED BY on | April 18, 2012, 21:43 GMT

    Shakib's statistics can't include any against the weakest Test team, of course! Excellent for Swanny - a hugely valuable player all round, not least in the dressing room, one assumes. Also really consistent!

  • POSTED BY r1m2 on | April 18, 2012, 21:28 GMT

    Good stuff. One of the best spinner I've seen bowl and surprisingly from England!!! The fact that he can bat so well just makes him the most important cricketer England has for the subcontinent as well as any true pitch elsewhere.

    I think he's in the top two with Shakib as the spin bowling all rounder in the world right now. But definitely as a spinner edges Shakib due to better records across more matches. It's quite surprising but true that neither India nor Sri Lanka have a single spinner anywhere near the league of this English Spinner!!!! Amazing! Although the Pakistani duo are good quality, due to Swanny's batting ability, obviously Swanny would be the premier pick.

  • POSTED BY mvkk on | April 18, 2012, 20:50 GMT

    I think Anderson would have been a better choice considering how well he bowled on subcontinent pitches, not to mention his bowling on responsive pitches. England was winning or if at all got close to any win it is because of their bowling and without a doubt Anderson is the leader in that department. Swann did really good at times but not as consistently as Jimmy.

  • POSTED BY CricketingStargazer on | April 18, 2012, 20:42 GMT

    JG, Monty nowled many more overs than Swann, so the fact that he took more wickets is not so amazing. Swann had the better strike rate of the two against Pakistan (check the figures). Part of the problem is that expectations of Graeme Swann are so high that if his performances are just average, we think that he's done badly. Even Shane Warne had some poor Tests and poor series.

  • POSTED BY bobmartin on | April 18, 2012, 20:38 GMT

    The award might not seem to be very much at face value... but I'll bet the charity which receives the cheque will be mighty pleased...

  • POSTED BY Trickstar on | April 18, 2012, 20:29 GMT

    It's obviously all 3 formats that's why KP, Swann & Broad are right up there. I'm surprised people think KP shouldn't be a obvious one. He's done well in most of the One day games, back to back tons, as well as been the key batsman in Twenty20's we've played, add that to his performance in the last test, he's done well. Tbh surprised it wasn't Broad but when you think about it, he only did well in the Test series in the UAE this winter, bowled all right in the one day stuff but nothing outstanding and didn't get many wickets in the first test although he bowled very well/ Swann got a bad wrap in the UAE unfairly imo, he actually had the best strike rate of any England bowler out there, Monty included, simply because he didn't bowl as many overs as Monty and was fairly underused by Strauss but still averaged 25. Since then though he's back to his best, starting in the one day stuff after the Pak tests and continued on in SL, bowling as well as he ever has.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | April 18, 2012, 20:10 GMT

    @Keith Fletcher on (April 18 2012, 19:55 PM GMT) - Sorry , I thought this was a thread on who England's most valuable player on the winter tours. I didn't realise it had turned into a go compare site for spin bowlers

  • POSTED BY on | April 18, 2012, 19:55 GMT

    Swann cf, Laker, Ramadhin, Gibbs, Warne, Muriilithiran. Not in the same class. Sorry, but Viv Richards would have murdered him. I rest my case.

  • POSTED BY Shan156 on | April 18, 2012, 19:47 GMT

    @Front-Foot-Lunge, what have you got yourself into? Now, you will hear names like Ajmal, Rehman, Shakib, Ashwin, Ojha, Jadeja, Lyon, Beer, Tahir,Rahul Sharma who are not just better than Swann but a zillion times better than Swann. Never mind the fact that none of these bowlers except Ajmal have played a decent number of tests (some have played none at all) and none have as good a record as Swann. Ajmal might average better but he has played only 20 tests and is yet to prove himself all over the world. Let's see where his average stands after he plays a few tests against India and in Australia/SA. Hope cricinfo publishes this comment.

  • POSTED BY AdrianVanDenStael on | April 18, 2012, 19:26 GMT

    @puroniks: well I would imagine since as mentioned part of what goes along with this award is a donation to a charity which helps disabled children, quite a few people care about it. In terms of the criteria cited in this ranking systems, I'm a bit sceptical since it doesn't mention contribution to team success. I would argue an award based on less tangible criteria should go to Swann since he was so important in helping England win their only test, and because of this role as skipper in the t20 victory over India.

  • POSTED BY on | April 18, 2012, 18:57 GMT

    swanny with love...........................................

  • POSTED BY tigers_eye on | April 18, 2012, 18:44 GMT

    Most over-rated player. Without any of the following players Trott, Cook, Anderson, England can not even make it to the top 5. Subtract one and that is it for England. Without Swann England still is a top side. There is a replacement for Swann. The replacement of the players mentioned can not even come close. Trott or Anderson should be the MVP.

  • POSTED BY Front-Foot-Lunge on | April 18, 2012, 18:29 GMT

    Swann has dominated the spin rankings for the last three years, and now he's continuing that further on. Unquestionably the best spinner since Warne, no other bowler has been able to match him for turn, cycles on the ball and curve in the air. It's good to see him get recognized for that.

  • POSTED BY Shan156 on | April 18, 2012, 18:02 GMT

    Happy for Graeme. Well deserved award. Swann has been one of our top players ever since his test debut in 2008. Wonder why he never caught the eye of Fluncan Detcher when he was England coach. Hope Swann reaches greater heights and help England scale new heights too.

  • POSTED BY Aristotle01 on | April 18, 2012, 17:43 GMT

    what a joke. who really cares about these stupid awards given to these mediocre players? That too, when these awards have such narrow scope .

  • POSTED BY AndyZaltzmannsHair on | April 18, 2012, 17:24 GMT

    Swann won it by default. With the exception of the last test he was mostly anonymous when England needed him most. The other contenders i.e. Anderson, Broad, possibly KP, even Monty only performed now and then, not consistent enough. LVP goes to Ian Bell or possibly Eoin Morgan who now finds himself out of the team.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | April 18, 2012, 17:15 GMT

    Is this over all formats or just tests? Personally , I thought Broad (if you take out the test where he was injured) was our most consistent player and across all formats. Swann had a fairly average series vs Pak and Monty took more wkts in 2 matches than Swann took in 3. If we're talking test only then there is no way KP should be considered. Great performance in the last test but that's 2 inns out of 10 which he has performed in tests

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  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | April 18, 2012, 17:15 GMT

    Is this over all formats or just tests? Personally , I thought Broad (if you take out the test where he was injured) was our most consistent player and across all formats. Swann had a fairly average series vs Pak and Monty took more wkts in 2 matches than Swann took in 3. If we're talking test only then there is no way KP should be considered. Great performance in the last test but that's 2 inns out of 10 which he has performed in tests

  • POSTED BY AndyZaltzmannsHair on | April 18, 2012, 17:24 GMT

    Swann won it by default. With the exception of the last test he was mostly anonymous when England needed him most. The other contenders i.e. Anderson, Broad, possibly KP, even Monty only performed now and then, not consistent enough. LVP goes to Ian Bell or possibly Eoin Morgan who now finds himself out of the team.

  • POSTED BY Aristotle01 on | April 18, 2012, 17:43 GMT

    what a joke. who really cares about these stupid awards given to these mediocre players? That too, when these awards have such narrow scope .

  • POSTED BY Shan156 on | April 18, 2012, 18:02 GMT

    Happy for Graeme. Well deserved award. Swann has been one of our top players ever since his test debut in 2008. Wonder why he never caught the eye of Fluncan Detcher when he was England coach. Hope Swann reaches greater heights and help England scale new heights too.

  • POSTED BY Front-Foot-Lunge on | April 18, 2012, 18:29 GMT

    Swann has dominated the spin rankings for the last three years, and now he's continuing that further on. Unquestionably the best spinner since Warne, no other bowler has been able to match him for turn, cycles on the ball and curve in the air. It's good to see him get recognized for that.

  • POSTED BY tigers_eye on | April 18, 2012, 18:44 GMT

    Most over-rated player. Without any of the following players Trott, Cook, Anderson, England can not even make it to the top 5. Subtract one and that is it for England. Without Swann England still is a top side. There is a replacement for Swann. The replacement of the players mentioned can not even come close. Trott or Anderson should be the MVP.

  • POSTED BY on | April 18, 2012, 18:57 GMT

    swanny with love...........................................

  • POSTED BY AdrianVanDenStael on | April 18, 2012, 19:26 GMT

    @puroniks: well I would imagine since as mentioned part of what goes along with this award is a donation to a charity which helps disabled children, quite a few people care about it. In terms of the criteria cited in this ranking systems, I'm a bit sceptical since it doesn't mention contribution to team success. I would argue an award based on less tangible criteria should go to Swann since he was so important in helping England win their only test, and because of this role as skipper in the t20 victory over India.

  • POSTED BY Shan156 on | April 18, 2012, 19:47 GMT

    @Front-Foot-Lunge, what have you got yourself into? Now, you will hear names like Ajmal, Rehman, Shakib, Ashwin, Ojha, Jadeja, Lyon, Beer, Tahir,Rahul Sharma who are not just better than Swann but a zillion times better than Swann. Never mind the fact that none of these bowlers except Ajmal have played a decent number of tests (some have played none at all) and none have as good a record as Swann. Ajmal might average better but he has played only 20 tests and is yet to prove himself all over the world. Let's see where his average stands after he plays a few tests against India and in Australia/SA. Hope cricinfo publishes this comment.

  • POSTED BY on | April 18, 2012, 19:55 GMT

    Swann cf, Laker, Ramadhin, Gibbs, Warne, Muriilithiran. Not in the same class. Sorry, but Viv Richards would have murdered him. I rest my case.