'Spinners of his quality a rare breed'

The cricket world reacts to Graeme Swann's retirement from international cricket

ESPNcricinfo staff

December 22, 2013

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Graeme Swann retires mid-Ashes

"Of all the England players over the last 20 years he is the one the team who miss the most .. Spinners of his quality are a rare breed..."
Michael Vaughan, former England captain

"Sad to see @Swannyg66 retire today. Going to miss you a lot. Congratulations on a fantastic career. Hope the next chapter is as exciting!"
Steven Finn, England fast bowler

"Huge congratulations to @Swannyg66 on a great career in cricket. I will miss your constant put downs and abuse of my mental capacity.#loveyou"
Tim Bresnan, England fast bowler


Graeme Swann at a press conference announcing his retirement from international cricket, Melbourne, December 22 2013
Derek Pringle: "[Graeme] Swann has been England's best spinner since Deadly Derek Underwood" © Getty Images
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"G Swann retires from all cricket as of now!! Not the most graceful exit with a tough #ashes but great career 255 test wickets. #Swannsong"
Damien Fleming, former Australia fast bowler

"Shocked to hear Graeme Swann announcing his retirement mid series, still a top bowler for England during a successful era."
Tom Moody, former Australia batsman

"It was a bit of a surprise but he's been a great cricketer for England over many years. So I wish him all the best in retirement. It's mid-tour, I don't know what's going on, but obviously he's decided he's had enough, so congratulations on a great career and he'll go home as one of the England greats. Obviously he feels the time is right and that's his decision."
Darren Lehmann, Australia coach

"He's someone who I've looked up to a lot. His career stats stand for themselves, he's been an unbelievable spinner and someone who I watched pretty closely in my time. I'm sure he will be sorely missed in the England team but I wish him all the best in the future."
Nathan Lyon, Australia offspinner

"Swann has been England's best spinner since Deadly Derek Underwood, though he put many more revs on the ball than him."
Derek Pringle, former England cricketer

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