The Ashes 2013-14 December 22, 2013

Graeme Swann retires mid-series

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Wasn't able to contribute to wins anymore - Swann

Graeme Swann, the England offspinner, has retired from all international cricket and first-class cricket with immediate effect.

Swann, 34, will not play in the final two Tests of the Ashes tour and will finish his career with 255 wickets at 29.96 from his 60 Tests. However, on a disappointing tour of Australia in which England have gone down 3-0 after the first three Tests, Swann has been one of the senior players who has failed to have an impact and has managed only seven wickets at 80.

He said that although he knew retirement was not far away earlier this year, given the struggle for his body to get through five-day matches, the temptation of potentially winning a fourth consecutive Ashes series had encouraged him to take part in the tour of Australia. Swann said that with the series decided and his mind made up, there was no point in playing on at the MCG or in Sydney.

"When I came out on this trip I half expected it to be my last tour for England," Swann said in Melbourne on Sunday. "I was desperately hoping to win the Ashes out here again like we did in 2010-11 but with the Ashes gone now in those three Test matches, personally I think to stay on and selfishly play just to experience another Boxing Day Test match and another Sydney Test match would be wrong.

"It would be wrong for the team, wrong for me as well. It's time for someone else to strap themselves in and enjoy the ride like I have done. It's time for England to rebuild and refocus on winning back these big series. Me hanging around with the decision already made in my head wouldn't be right.

"My body doesn't like playing the long forms of cricket. My arm doesn't cope very well with bowling 30 or 40 overs in the first innings and then repeating it in the second innings a day later anymore. I could feel my performances tapering off in the back end of games and I wasn't happy with that. I'm not willing to just hang on and get by being a bit-part player. I want to be a guy who wins matches for England, and I don't feel I was doing that in the second innings anymore.

"It is disappointing. At the end of The Oval Test match last year, I think why didn't I just stop then? I knew more or less that the time was coming up. But then I'd never forgive myself. We had the chance of coming out here and potentially winning four Ashes series on the bounce. I'd never have forgiven myself had I not come out here and given it a crack."

Swann's decision means Monty Panesar is likely to take the role of lead spinner for the remaining two Tests, but the broader question of who will be England's long-term Test spinner remains unclear. Swann himself nominated the Durham legspinner Scott Borthwick as a potential replacement who could add to the all-round "x-factor" that Ben Stokes had already brought to the team on this tour.

Swann noted that the success of Stokes, who scored England's first century of the Ashes series in their defeat at the WACA, was indicative of the way the senior men had failed to stand up on this trip. It was a very different scenario in England earlier this year, when Swann was the leading wicket taker from either side with 26 victims, and at the time it appeared that he may still have some chance of surpassing Derek Underwood to become England's leading Test spinner of all time.

However, Swann will finish 42 wickets short of Underwood's tally of 297, leaving him sixth overall on England's all-time wicket tally behind Ian Botham, James Anderson, Bob Willis, Fred Trueman and Underwood. That was a significant achievement given that Swann did not make his Test debut until the age of 29, but his consistency meant that he missed only six of the 66 Tests that England had played since then.

Since his debut in December 2008, Swann was Test cricket's leading wicket taker from any country, his 255 victims well ahead of Anderson (232), Stuart Broad (207) and Dale Steyn (205), who were the next best in that period. He was Man of the Match on six occasions, most recently for his 10-wicket haul against New Zealand at Headingley in May. Swann told his England team-mates of his decision on Sunday morning in Melbourne.

"They've all been very supportive and congratulated me on my career and wished me luck for the future," he said. "I wished them all the luck in the world. I'm an England fan and I want to see England cricket No.1 in the world, winning games and winning Ashes series. I think the core of that team in the change room are the guys to do that."

England's coach, Andy Flower, said: "Graeme Swann has made an outstanding contribution to the England cricket team in all formats throughout an incredibly successful career and I would like to congratulate him on all that he has achieved.

"His commitment, competitive spirit and sense of humour have been recognised and admired by team-mates and supporters alike and he has played a big part in England's success over the last five years. The dressing room will be a very different place without Graeme's unique personality and I would like to wish him all the very best for the future."

Swann said his personal highlights included playing in three triumphant Ashes sides, as well as the World Twenty20 success in the West Indies in 2010. Apart from his Test appearances, Swann will depart with 104 wickets from 79 one-day internationals and 51 wickets from 39 Twenty20 internationals. He also paid tribute to his two county sides, Northamptonshire and Nottinghamshire.

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • Nutcutlet on December 22, 2013, 9:08 GMT

    The first comment for anyone who appreciates the game is to express gratitude for his tremendous efforts, respect his decision to go & wish him all the luck in the world. He has been a great & humorous servant of cricket & England's cricket, especially over a period when, briefly, England was the best side on the planet. His is a career of which he can be immensely proud. How some posters here can say: he shouldn't have gone; he has two years left in him; he should this, he should that... Those comments are completely out of place. Poor form in my book. There is only one Graeme Swann. Only Swann knows himself well enough to make his calls. It's a strange impertinence to suggest otherwise. England's best since 'Deadly' Underwood and with the late great Jim Laker, one of England's best three spinners since the war, his is an enormous hole to fill. Whoever steps into Swann's boots, if he comes close to the standard that's been set, that player will have done remarkably well.

  • Slysta on December 22, 2013, 3:07 GMT

    Goodbye and good luck, Graeme Swann. I'm an Australian, but I love the way you played the game: orthodox skills, executed superbly, with courage, commitment, and (importantly in the modern game) unfailing humour. We Aussies first saw you in Cardiff in 2009, and we all scoffed as Australia piled up 6-674... but there were wraps on you even then, and it's safe to say you rammed those taunts back down our throats in the 14 Ashes Tests that followed, with three series victories being fitting reward. I wish you all the best for the future.

  • RohanMarkJay on December 26, 2013, 10:47 GMT

    Graeme Swann, has been a terrific cricketer for England.As a follower and fan of the England Cricket Team through the years He is the best spinner for Eng and was a key player of making English cricket have one of its most successful periods in its history between 2009-2012. This has been an unhappy tour for the England Cricket team. A tour where everything went wrong. It is a tour which has claimed Jonathan Trott and now Graeme Swann at the age of 34 walks away from the game of cricket after entertaining us with fine off spin bowling.Where he was instrumental in being a key factor in the team wining matches and test series.Bowlers like this come around very rarely. I doubt we will see his like for Eng again .He will be sadly missed.I hope we can see him return in some formas a commentator or writer on the game.He is someone with a great sense of humour and we need someone like that to keep us smiling in these very cynical times. Best of luck Swann.You were a very good off spin bowler.

  • Catchthebail on December 26, 2013, 5:24 GMT

    Honest cricketer. Not a superstar. Where were these keyboard warrior plaudits last week when his average was climbing- its 29.96. Thats bog standard. And not a classy individual re: recents comments- being sponsored by The Sun sums it up.

  • on December 24, 2013, 7:32 GMT

    Bet you Devon Smith will awake from his nightmares of Swann's torture and score big hundreds from now on!!

  • on December 24, 2013, 0:40 GMT

    Must respect Graeme on his decision to quit which is disappointment to his fans, but his outstanding record speaks for itself ! The man is a cricketing icon! It can't have been an easy decision for him to make, but I feel that there is an underlying point that has yet to be revealed. There is no doubt that Graeme has suffered from lack of form and that will have upset him immensely. I think he will have done a lot of soul searching and decided to accept a lot of the blame for Englands lack of form in this Ashes series. Mr. Swann, hold your head up high. We all know that there are many others who should also shoulder the blame! You really didnt have to sacrifice yourself for their shortcomings...... but sadly I just think that's what you have done. Good luck and success to you for the future.

  • Lmaotsetung on December 24, 2013, 0:11 GMT

    Goodbye England HELLO IPL!!! Haven't been on Cricinfo for weeks as this has been my most depressing period of following the England team since I became a fan in 1980 but most Knowledgeable Eng fan saw that coming from a mile away. Disappointed that he chose to leave this way but I always knew he in it more for the fame and money than the achievements. Gonna be fun watching the rebuilding and I guess that's the next phase I'm looking forward to.

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on December 23, 2013, 15:05 GMT

    Very surprised. Mixed emotions here: great cricketer and vital cog to England on the field; but too premature with his books and predictions off the field in my opinion. If his body is telling him "no - sorry, hang up your boots boy" then fair enough - and likewise he has been extremely selfless and realised the need to give new spinner(s) a chance. Honestly I knew fine well he stood no chance of making much impact in Australia this series, and the attacking nature of the Australians has meant he couldn't even perform a containing role. But I expected/hoped for a few more series from him, where he in all likelihood would have been back amongst the limelight. Farewell Mr Swann...

  • WC96QF on December 23, 2013, 14:58 GMT

    Graeme Swann has been one of the greatest spin bowlers from England. One of the best from any country. I think its difficult to compare bowlers across eras. But 1 particular statistic is telling : during the time that he played Test cricket, he had the biggest haul of wickets among all Test bowlers ! I think thats as good as it gets.

    During the time that you have played, if you are the best in the world, you cant ask much more from yourself. So, well played Graeme, and all the best for the future !!

  • on December 23, 2013, 11:43 GMT

    Passing of a great bowler. But the quetion must be, why risk him when he had just had an elbow op. Not recovered obviously. So three bad selections. Swann. Trott. Who was gone and could not cope in england, never mind oz. Should have been left at home. Three towering fast bowlers. Never been used apart from Tremlett. In one test. Selectors are partly responsible. Along with senior players. Not delivering the goods. Thats five men we all know,who they are. Thats the reason for this fiasco.

  • Nutcutlet on December 22, 2013, 9:08 GMT

    The first comment for anyone who appreciates the game is to express gratitude for his tremendous efforts, respect his decision to go & wish him all the luck in the world. He has been a great & humorous servant of cricket & England's cricket, especially over a period when, briefly, England was the best side on the planet. His is a career of which he can be immensely proud. How some posters here can say: he shouldn't have gone; he has two years left in him; he should this, he should that... Those comments are completely out of place. Poor form in my book. There is only one Graeme Swann. Only Swann knows himself well enough to make his calls. It's a strange impertinence to suggest otherwise. England's best since 'Deadly' Underwood and with the late great Jim Laker, one of England's best three spinners since the war, his is an enormous hole to fill. Whoever steps into Swann's boots, if he comes close to the standard that's been set, that player will have done remarkably well.

  • Slysta on December 22, 2013, 3:07 GMT

    Goodbye and good luck, Graeme Swann. I'm an Australian, but I love the way you played the game: orthodox skills, executed superbly, with courage, commitment, and (importantly in the modern game) unfailing humour. We Aussies first saw you in Cardiff in 2009, and we all scoffed as Australia piled up 6-674... but there were wraps on you even then, and it's safe to say you rammed those taunts back down our throats in the 14 Ashes Tests that followed, with three series victories being fitting reward. I wish you all the best for the future.

  • RohanMarkJay on December 26, 2013, 10:47 GMT

    Graeme Swann, has been a terrific cricketer for England.As a follower and fan of the England Cricket Team through the years He is the best spinner for Eng and was a key player of making English cricket have one of its most successful periods in its history between 2009-2012. This has been an unhappy tour for the England Cricket team. A tour where everything went wrong. It is a tour which has claimed Jonathan Trott and now Graeme Swann at the age of 34 walks away from the game of cricket after entertaining us with fine off spin bowling.Where he was instrumental in being a key factor in the team wining matches and test series.Bowlers like this come around very rarely. I doubt we will see his like for Eng again .He will be sadly missed.I hope we can see him return in some formas a commentator or writer on the game.He is someone with a great sense of humour and we need someone like that to keep us smiling in these very cynical times. Best of luck Swann.You were a very good off spin bowler.

  • Catchthebail on December 26, 2013, 5:24 GMT

    Honest cricketer. Not a superstar. Where were these keyboard warrior plaudits last week when his average was climbing- its 29.96. Thats bog standard. And not a classy individual re: recents comments- being sponsored by The Sun sums it up.

  • on December 24, 2013, 7:32 GMT

    Bet you Devon Smith will awake from his nightmares of Swann's torture and score big hundreds from now on!!

  • on December 24, 2013, 0:40 GMT

    Must respect Graeme on his decision to quit which is disappointment to his fans, but his outstanding record speaks for itself ! The man is a cricketing icon! It can't have been an easy decision for him to make, but I feel that there is an underlying point that has yet to be revealed. There is no doubt that Graeme has suffered from lack of form and that will have upset him immensely. I think he will have done a lot of soul searching and decided to accept a lot of the blame for Englands lack of form in this Ashes series. Mr. Swann, hold your head up high. We all know that there are many others who should also shoulder the blame! You really didnt have to sacrifice yourself for their shortcomings...... but sadly I just think that's what you have done. Good luck and success to you for the future.

  • Lmaotsetung on December 24, 2013, 0:11 GMT

    Goodbye England HELLO IPL!!! Haven't been on Cricinfo for weeks as this has been my most depressing period of following the England team since I became a fan in 1980 but most Knowledgeable Eng fan saw that coming from a mile away. Disappointed that he chose to leave this way but I always knew he in it more for the fame and money than the achievements. Gonna be fun watching the rebuilding and I guess that's the next phase I'm looking forward to.

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on December 23, 2013, 15:05 GMT

    Very surprised. Mixed emotions here: great cricketer and vital cog to England on the field; but too premature with his books and predictions off the field in my opinion. If his body is telling him "no - sorry, hang up your boots boy" then fair enough - and likewise he has been extremely selfless and realised the need to give new spinner(s) a chance. Honestly I knew fine well he stood no chance of making much impact in Australia this series, and the attacking nature of the Australians has meant he couldn't even perform a containing role. But I expected/hoped for a few more series from him, where he in all likelihood would have been back amongst the limelight. Farewell Mr Swann...

  • WC96QF on December 23, 2013, 14:58 GMT

    Graeme Swann has been one of the greatest spin bowlers from England. One of the best from any country. I think its difficult to compare bowlers across eras. But 1 particular statistic is telling : during the time that he played Test cricket, he had the biggest haul of wickets among all Test bowlers ! I think thats as good as it gets.

    During the time that you have played, if you are the best in the world, you cant ask much more from yourself. So, well played Graeme, and all the best for the future !!

  • on December 23, 2013, 11:43 GMT

    Passing of a great bowler. But the quetion must be, why risk him when he had just had an elbow op. Not recovered obviously. So three bad selections. Swann. Trott. Who was gone and could not cope in england, never mind oz. Should have been left at home. Three towering fast bowlers. Never been used apart from Tremlett. In one test. Selectors are partly responsible. Along with senior players. Not delivering the goods. Thats five men we all know,who they are. Thats the reason for this fiasco.

  • milepost on December 23, 2013, 9:07 GMT

    I will definitely miss Swann's honesty and humor.

  • paapam on December 23, 2013, 8:51 GMT

    He was a good honest cricketer whose record speaks for itself. Every cricket lover wishes him well. Comments such as the one made by Piers Morgan are in poor taste but in keeping with the standards he has set for himself especially when he speaks on behalf of Kevin pietersen.

  • on December 23, 2013, 7:28 GMT

    Good bye Graeme Swann. Wish you best of luck for your future. I enjoyed watching him as probably the best exponent of orthodox spin, with less variations but loads of control and courage. He is in the list of elite off-spinners along with Saqlain and Ajmal. Well done Sir!

  • samincolumbia on December 23, 2013, 5:17 GMT

    Swann was more interested in protecting his legacy rather than try and fight back! When England gets thrashed 5-0, he will be long forgotten.

  • buddhi_SL on December 23, 2013, 4:30 GMT

    He is best spinner in world cricket. Englishman miss him with classic off break as well as well held catches from slip board. Gold for world cricket. Gud luck Sir

  • VivGilchrist on December 23, 2013, 4:27 GMT

    That makes 2 jumping from a sinking ship. Nice team spirit from the "England Family". It really makes you appreciate Australia's maintained dominance over a period of time and the hunger they had rather than the little "spike" the English enjoyed. Also nice to see the current no1 team South Africa too scared to go for the win versus India. I ask you, what's going on?

  • on December 23, 2013, 4:06 GMT

    very few test bowlers these days get the tag of legends, and from modern bowlers, with little variations but discipline in length has brought Swann to tht peak. He has served England being truly great all-rounder. salute this hero and have good luck for future.

  • on December 23, 2013, 3:47 GMT

    Oh now he is having a crack at current England players. This is pure gold. Let's just all sit back and enjoy the continuing falling apart of the English cricket team.

  • sohaibahmad on December 23, 2013, 3:45 GMT

    This is what happens when Australia are winning,.. absolutely decimate the opposition, specially England, forcing a few retirements, mental breakdowns, injuries .. Australians are tough no doubt... and all this from an English supporter

  • naudurivsm on December 23, 2013, 3:38 GMT

    Well. he has a right to do , what he did. No doubt about his talent. All is well saying when we term him as a great bowler etc. But to be frank, greatness just does not come just like this. And by doing this in the middle of a tour and with the fact that he was not contributing, he just lost the "Great" Tag. He is now reduced to be known as one of the good bowlers of our era. Certainly NOT great.

    Greatness comes for a player when he fights through tough times, re-groups, and re-emerge victorious and not quit for his inability to fight the odds and leave the field just like Swann did. It is kind of short to be called "absconding" a test.

    Very sad, but again as human he has a right to do what he did. God Bless him and all the best. Thank you Swann, you will be remembered for a while for sure

  • Lion83 on December 23, 2013, 3:23 GMT

    Great decision to take after struggle in the series. Godd chance for young spinner.

  • jonno67 on December 23, 2013, 3:15 GMT

    Meh, a half decent spinner at a time when there's not many around, definitely nothing overly special and light years behind Warne, Murrali and plenty of others. As said, that's 2 gone, who's next? You'd have to think Prior and Petersen(spelling) are 3/4 of the way out the door.

  • on December 23, 2013, 2:52 GMT

    As an Irish cricket fan I ask ....Where could England possibly find another young Spinner, very early twenties, international experience (world U 19 captain), leadership and good proven international ability?

    From this very site ....

    George Dockrell is a spindly left-arm spinner of immense potential. He made his international debut for Ireland as a 17-year-old in 2010 and has become a permanent selection, being named the ICC Associate Player of the Year in 2012 He made a big impact in just his second County Championship match, taking 6 for 27 to bowl Somerset to victory over Middlesex in their opening fixture of the 2012 season. He helped his side to another win later in the year with 6 for 29 against Durham as Somerset's finished runners-up again.

    We like him a lot .. .please leave him alone :-)

  • on December 23, 2013, 2:45 GMT

    full marks to swann , he has won many Accolade in his retirement .His commitment , Truthfulness and acceptance of reality far in advance made him Men for all Season. Game of cricket is alive & elevated because of such cricketers .well done swann . Late Vijay Merchant had coined a famous phrase" one should retire when people ask why & why not ".

  • Gr8Mindzzzz on December 23, 2013, 2:36 GMT

    @anton111 : It might turn out true. What is happening to all the English Cricketers? Is it something to do with the management or their media that these 2 have gone now?

  • rienzied on December 23, 2013, 2:16 GMT

    A demoralised side, playing a team full of Right Hand Batsmen in the middle order, being carted all around the park, no lefties to bowl at esp Phil Hughes, a team fractured by double standards in treatment of some players, a much younger captain than the senior players... too much for Swann... I just wonder would he have quit if the series was ont he line? Or was he too humilated that he was going to be dropped for the Boxing day test? One can only wonder

  • on December 23, 2013, 1:49 GMT

    Swann has packed up to protect a sub-30 average. 255 wickets at 29.96, not the first to duck out when a milestone average is under threat. Great bowler for England but this represents an attentio-seekong, vain and cowardly end in my opinion.ww

  • delboy on December 23, 2013, 1:44 GMT

    Just love the way Broad managed to remove himself from going for 36 from an over in a limited over and a test match. Anderson almost got that treatment instead.

  • Vishnu27 on December 23, 2013, 1:24 GMT

    The wheels are off! Complete & utter disarray in the England camp. Two senior players leaving as quickly as possible. Can it get worse? Of course it can. 5-0 looming very large. The kiwi Ben Stokes, the one positive England can draw upon from this leaking, burning & heavily listing ship.

  • on December 23, 2013, 1:21 GMT

    Something's not right in the English camp. Will soon come out in a press conference or a biography. However we might try to sugar coat it, this is just another case of depression or desertion. Now the Ozs will feel they are playing Bangladesh.

  • Shane75 on December 23, 2013, 1:14 GMT

    For such a spinning champ to retire mid-series is a sad way to end a great career. Swann was popular with Aussie fans for the way he approached and played the game. I for one was looking forward to seeing him in action come the Sydney Test. With the 5-0 result looming large, it's understandable lesser men may run and not face the music - but given his performances so far this tour, he should not have been here in the first place.

  • sam264 on December 23, 2013, 0:31 GMT

    Well done on a great career, was nice to see a traditional off spin bowler have such an impact at an international level without having to resort to bending his arm or bowling shooters doosras or whatever else.

  • Cricket_theBestGame on December 22, 2013, 23:42 GMT

    i agree with rylos ! 3-0 down. eng needed him most now to avoid white wash. yet he deserts them. the temptation to win 4th ashes was the reason he was here, what about the need to avoid a whitewash mr swan?! with him eng has some chance ... maybe he saw his avg and thought 2 more drubbing in the test may nudge his avg above 30 so better stop now !

  • litchfield on December 22, 2013, 23:42 GMT

    Great effort from a completely orthodox off-spinner.

  • zn264 on December 22, 2013, 23:24 GMT

    Just reminds me how much tougher Vettori is than most of the other international spinners floating around...watch out for his return against India!

  • jackthelad on December 22, 2013, 23:14 GMT

    You'd think other people had some right to comment on Swann's decision, wouldn't you? He's made his decision, and at a point where the series is lost anyway, to give chances for other bowlers to be tried when it doesn't matter too much. Swann's bowling arm has been held together with tape and glue for some time, maybe he thinks it'd be nice to have a working right arm in his later years? These fools who comment about his 'brittle character' and so on ought to try playing high-pressure international tournaments back-to-back (or indeed try playing cricket at any pressurized level) before they commit themselves to the written word. I've never been fortunate enough to approach international standard, but I've played enough competitive league and club cricket to know that pressure can mount, and it's only the strongest ones who can know that the time to leave is before their sell-by date.

  • on December 22, 2013, 22:46 GMT

    Even though all Graeme Swann fans are sad about this news, the dignity, the honesty and above all...the humour of the man shines through. Reading his comments turned my sadness into joy. To have played the game at the highest level and been the best spinner in the game for a few years AND to provide so much fun and entertainment at the same time is amazing. God Bless you, Graeme Swann, and good luck for the future.

  • on December 22, 2013, 22:15 GMT

    After Warne and Murrali's erra;Swann was the second best spinner in the world after Saeed Ajmal.England will definitely miss him for a long time.Best wishes

  • on December 22, 2013, 21:14 GMT

    I think this is an emotional decision as Swann, being a quality spinner, could have served England for another couple of years.

  • Paul_Somerset on December 22, 2013, 20:59 GMT

    Going to leave a huge gap in the England slip cordon, as well as in the number 10 batting spot. Only Pietersen plays spinners better than Swann in this England line-up imo. No way can he ever be replaced with Panesar, who is a match-loser in the field and desperately limited with the bat.

  • rylos on December 22, 2013, 20:46 GMT

    England cricket is on a downward spiral, will be along time before they get a bowler as good as swan again, and with the likes of anderson,pietersen,bell,prior and trott having not long left , the future`s not looking good.

  • anton111 on December 22, 2013, 20:09 GMT

    Casualties of war

    1. Trott 2. .Swann

    Soon to be announced...

    3. KP????? 4. Prior???

  • rylos on December 22, 2013, 19:47 GMT

    If england were 3 nil up in the ashes would he of made the decision he has? i doubt it very much, he`s decided to jump and desert his team when they needed him most, he`ll be remembered for bottling it and jumping ship rather than stay and help his team avoid a 5 nil drubbing!

  • on December 22, 2013, 19:42 GMT

    To quit during the series it is not good. It may demoralize whole squad. One should able to meet the challenges.

  • AjayB on December 22, 2013, 19:36 GMT

    I am a bit surprised.

    Let us flip the situation, Had England been ahead in the series, but if Swann did not contribute at all - would he have retired mid-way?

    The decision reeks of petulance. Professional sport needs commitment, one needs to show up day in and day out - and sometimes you win and sometimes you lose. Everyone goes through bad patches, you cannot always win and history has taught us that through the West Indies teams and Australian teams that learnt to dominate. A great cricket player, but somehow I think the decision is ill-timed and does not do any good to the team that is already down.

  • muhammadsaqibabbasi on December 22, 2013, 19:32 GMT

    please reverse your decision might you be the man of the series for the next ashes. I hope!

  • SherjilIslam on December 22, 2013, 19:29 GMT

    All the best Graeme Swan.You were a class act post Murali/Warne/Kumble era.

  • m_ilind on December 22, 2013, 18:38 GMT

    Playing back to back series is definitely not a good idea. England players look frustrated and jaded. The series is fading away fast. Australian players are naturally pumped up, playing on their home grounds, and looking for revenge. Atleast, a year's gap should have been given for this series, IMHO.

  • on December 22, 2013, 18:15 GMT

    @ Saurabh Agarwal Butthurt much?

    One a more serious note, I'm a little surprised by Swann's decision to go midway, even though the series has already been decided. On the other hand, it was a very selfless decision. One only worries whether this will send the wrong signal to his teammates. He could have declared his decision to retire now , with the actual retirement coming after the series. As far as England are concerned, they can surely come back from this horrendous series, as the Aussies are demonstrating so well after the horrors of England in the summer. One bad series doesn't make all players bad. After all India went through a 8-0 hiding. And how are they doing now? England have experienced performers like Cook and Bell along with promising prospects like Root and Stokes. They should limit further damage in the remaining tests of this series and also start thinking about the future; I am sure they are already thinking along those lines.

  • on December 22, 2013, 17:33 GMT

    Taken aback but unselfish.There might have been alternatives for Swann to consider but his decision is the correct one.A feared opponent,talented and one of the best bowlers to left handers in recent memory.Unlike the great offies like Saqlain,Murali and Ajmal,Graeme was a traditional off spinner with sharp spin,good drift and bounce.He showed that cricketers of all types can succeed.Well played.

  • drnaveed on December 22, 2013, 17:12 GMT

    well , this is not the way to go out and retire from this all important ASHES SERIES. Even if he had prior retirement plan in his mind , which i don't think so , he should either have decided to retire just before or should have waited till the end of this series. What point does he want to prove , to his team mates ,his England fans and those world wide , by leaving his team in a such a situation when they are already down 3 - 0 , all the pressure on their side , and they are mentally ,morally and physically down , even further after his decision of retirement. great players don't have such attitude to show , they control their nerves.these England players are perhaps very fragile. when their side is winning , they all stay in ,and when they are on the receiving end , they start leaving their side one after the other. whatever the cause , they should have handled it in a better way.

  • rohanblue on December 22, 2013, 16:47 GMT

    omg why ? he is only 34, i am your biggest fan swanny, god bless you and your family , always be cheerful and fun loving as the way you are, from your biggest ever fan from India......

  • on December 22, 2013, 16:37 GMT

    I think just retiring because he was not feeling 100% fit is just not done. He could instead take a break from cricket for a season or so. Anyways he was a great spinner for England and it would be a great loss for the English side. Personally, I think he had the best off-spinner bowling action. Lots of cricket was left in him in terms of age. Anyways with due respect his decision, Goodbye Swann from all cricket lovers :)

  • Shan156 on December 22, 2013, 16:33 GMT

    People, this decision probably has got nothing to do with the hammering that England are receiving down under. Swann has been in losing sides in the past too - 0-3 in UAE and immediately after that at home 0-2 against SA. If anything, the defeat at the Oval against SA when SA racked up 631-2 with Swann going wicketless would have rankled him more although the Ashes defeat is against the old enemy. All players know that they will be part of losing sides at some point of time. Swann has been part of 3 successful Ashes campaigns and only 1 defeat. He has been off-colour for a while now and struggled against right hand batsmen. He felt he was not contributing to the team cause and at 34 he doesn't have much chance of a strong comeback. So, has taken a bold step. He must have discussed this with Cook and Flower before too. So, let's simply wish him a happy retirement. Eng. do not have good replacements for him. Panesar had one good series in Ind. and that's about it.

  • chechong0114 on December 22, 2013, 15:51 GMT

    This brittle display of character being displayed by these English cricketers is all but sending a very bad message to young and upcoming players that are looking to their mentors and stars for encouragement. It is also sending a sobering message to their opponents on how easy it is to ruffle their very fickle feathers and get the upper hand on them and eventually beat them. I hope their opponents are taking notes. In all my years watching this great game I cant remember seeing such a frail and coward display of character by any cricket team or nation under any circumstances. Imagine quitting and walking out on your team like that in the middle of a test series like that, what a slap in the face to all those barmy army fans. I compare this kind of behavior to a father watching his 3 year old son being bullied by another 3 year old and he just stands and watches in fear unable to even pull his son away from being hurt its just disgusting. Andrew Flintoff needs to come out of retirement.

  • glance_to_leg on December 22, 2013, 15:49 GMT

    What a fantastic cricketer: superbly aggressive master of orthodox off-spin, entertaining batsman, good fielder ... You will be greatly missed. I remember that he was once compared unfavourably to the boring Emburey; he resembles much more the talented Pocock. To me Swann has lit up the England team. He is also the most eloquent and witty interviewee for decades. I would love to hear him as a commentator with Tufnell. Good luck to a wonderful man. Now is his chance to become a real rockstar.

  • dilscoop_uk on December 22, 2013, 15:20 GMT

    @CricketpunditUSA Ashwin ?? yeah right !! Has Saeed Ajmal retired aswell??? U must be kidding right?

  • delboy on December 22, 2013, 15:08 GMT

    Well done Graeme, swan(n) off to the BIG BASH, you are there already, next stop SA and India. I cannot see you being a pundit. It you are not up to doing on the pitch the monotony of some other's in the studio will send you to sleep.

  • on December 22, 2013, 14:54 GMT

    I'm shocked that Graeme Swann has retired. Was one of England's best spinners in the last five years. Thought he could have continued for another couple of years. It will be tough for England to replace him. Also I wish him the best of luck for whatever he does in the future.

  • CricketpunditUSA on December 22, 2013, 14:33 GMT

    This leaves Ashwin as the offspinner in the world.

  • DJRNZ on December 22, 2013, 14:17 GMT

    A great player but I really don't get how you quit mid-series - especially the Ashes and after Trott left. But his choice and good luck to him.

  • on December 22, 2013, 14:13 GMT

    Seriously? Crazy stuff. English players are really something. They should learn something from Indian players. They take a break due to stress while certain someone in India keeps enjoying for two decades even if he's been a liability for like two to three years. They retire because they don't want to play bit-part, because they want to be match winners, while certain someone in India thinks its his birth right to be a part of the team even after a string of failures simply because he is considered the most successful captain for the country and creates mayhem in the dressing room when he is rightfully shown the door by a coach who has the spine to stand up to him.

  • Diaz54 on December 22, 2013, 14:01 GMT

    Reflecting on it I am ore annoyed...a out letting the team down. I guess he can now enjoy few more drinks at Christmas then he would have been able to if he had been playing. Leaves a very bad gaze of surrender!

  • 2.14istherunrate on December 22, 2013, 13:51 GMT

    I was very shocked to read the announcement of Swann's retirement last night. Who will save us now? I see why he is doing it and the logic of his thinking seems internally coherent enough and after all pain is pain. I do have a nagging feeling though, which I guess will remain-is mid series a cool way to bow out? He has been a truly wonderful bowler, an interesting bowler capable of weaving magic. It has been fun as well as effective. Is there nothing more he can do for his arm? Did he come back in the spring too soon? Mostly he has been the best spinner on the world stage since Warne. He has attacked without the cynicism which has been the hallmark of too many English spinners. I loved his choice of 'successors'-Scott Borthwick! I thought too we should have a leggie because that is the next context for attack-and he can bat. Anyway something must give, and happen fast. It is far too soon. But he tended to do things fast,like getting to 250 wickets in record time! Go well,Swanny!

  • on December 22, 2013, 13:33 GMT

    Home for C'mas then Swanny?!

  • on December 22, 2013, 13:22 GMT

    its no suprised to me he has retired.he is a bad loser.when winning he has had a good atitude but when loosing he is full of exuses. he has had some issues most of them stupid.when england were knocked out of the world cup he said 50 over cricket should be abolished he also saying when playing against pakistan in england fans were giving abuse well every player has proby been abused but they dont moun like him and he also quated saying they play too mutch cricket.he has had problems with the game for a long time.he is not good for a team when ther are down and thats prven today

  • on December 22, 2013, 13:06 GMT

    Appalling decision and a selfish one. This is an Ashes TOUR to which he should have been committed to come what may. If he didn't feel up for it before departure he should have withdrawn then. Doing it now (particularly after the departure of Trott) can only further undermine the confidence and morale of this squad. The fact that Panasar is no real replacement only asks further questions of the selection process for down under. If I was Treadwell, Onions or Balance, I'd be packing my sun block right now. There's a flight tonight which should get them to Sydney in plenty of time.

  • Manxmuppet on December 22, 2013, 12:31 GMT

    All the best Swanny. A great player and character, he's going to be sorely missed by the team and the fans alike.

    I'd like to see Moeen Ali in for the last 2 tests. Not the same quality bowler but could possibly be used in a containing role. And if he got hit out of the attack (like GS and MP have been anyway) he is still useful for a few runs. It would also allow us an extra seamer.

  • swarzi on December 22, 2013, 12:25 GMT

    TOP CLASS REASONING FROM A TRUE LEGEND OF THE GAME! His point is that he PLAYED CRICKET FOR ENGLAND FIRST, and HIMSELF AFTER. So England has lost the Ashes; but his ONLY GOAL on this tour was for ENGLAND TO WIN. This has not happened, so WHY STICK AROUND AND MAKE A FOOL OF HIMSELF, as others have done with such great distaste in the past? Mr Swan is a positive non-selfish GENTLEMAN, the type of person I call GREAT! He thinks the youths are also entitled to a share of the HONOUR OF REPRESENTING THEIR COUNTRY AT THE HIGHEST LEVEL. So it's time for him to give them their chance; and not to try to hog the whole pie! Well done Graham! I salute you! I wish you God's speed in your future endeavors!

  • nursery_ender on December 22, 2013, 12:07 GMT

    A senior pro recognises that he can no longer contribute as he would wish. Good for him. So unlike another player who carried on for at least two years too long before retiring recently.

  • pom_don on December 22, 2013, 11:59 GMT

    Good luck Swanny I wish you all the best & I hope Skye are preparing the contracts what a pairing that would be Bumble & Swann & I hope Strauss is the one he replaces it would make viewing so much more fun!

  • ultrasnow on December 22, 2013, 11:59 GMT

    Goodbye from India Mr Swann. The legacy you leave behind is that cricket is just a game and you stop playing it when you stop enjoying it. RESPECT.

  • wellrounded87 on December 22, 2013, 11:50 GMT

    He was a terrific bowler, but this really is a weak way to go. Calling it quits mid series. I really hope the nonsense about his facebook conversation had nothing to do with this.Complete storm in a teacup situation.

    That being said i do feel the fact that he's already got the record for most runs conceded in a series and his averaging was nearing the 30 mark played a big factor in his mid series quitting. Had he taken a few more wickets and conceded a few less runs he probably have played out the series. Which he should do, he's a great bowler. Australia have played him very well i don't think he has bowled poorly, maybe not his best but certainly not bad bowling at all.

  • on December 22, 2013, 11:46 GMT

    There is always a lot invested to make a senior pro and its not fair to leave your job half done. Pretty poor attitude in my opinion. He should have taken a break and come back stronger and fresher.

  • TAJY on December 22, 2013, 11:45 GMT

    Wow. I couldn't believe Swann would just retire from ALL FORMS of International cricket. There's obviously alot of pressure on these players to perform for their nation

  • on December 22, 2013, 11:39 GMT

    Shocked to see Swann retiring. More than the bowling he brought some positive energy to the side. He will definitely be missed in the Slips. He is one bowler who had no special deliveries like doosra or carrom ball yet he mesmerised the batsmen with his conventional off spin... Wish u a peaceful retired life

  • CodandChips on December 22, 2013, 11:31 GMT

    Probably the one player who England could not have done so well without over the last few years. Integral part of WT20 win and the test successes. Perhpas could have done better in ODIs, but his split workload with Tredwell worked well in ODIs.

    Problem is that I do not know who will replace him. Maybe Monty in tests, but he was poor in New Zealand. Tredwell was poor in the championship and was whacked out of the series vs Australia. Kerrigan hopefully if he can put his nightmare debut behind him. I'm not too sure about Briggs as he doesn't turn the ball much, but then again neither does Jadeja. Briggs has been expensive in T20Is but bowled well in his only ODI.

  • jonbarebow on December 22, 2013, 11:21 GMT

    Weak........to play for England is such an honour ...for swann and trott to abandon a losing team shows they are both gutless....im very surprised and thought more of them both

  • on December 22, 2013, 11:20 GMT

    he is a great off spiner .....his action is so lovely i love swann bowling action ...best of luck greem swann ......

  • Pritt32 on December 22, 2013, 11:16 GMT

    It is a difficult time for England. Swann's retirement is sad, but he knows that the high standards is difficult to maintain due to fitness levels.It is inevitable that some players would announce their retirement. In the end of the day, the team needs to look forward. He has been an excellent servant for English cricket. The team will not find it easy to find a spinner of international quality.

  • on December 22, 2013, 11:15 GMT

    To early to retire

  • on December 22, 2013, 11:13 GMT

    Wish you a happy retirement Swamny I like your honesty of stepping down when your body does not cooperate

  • on December 22, 2013, 10:59 GMT

    Emotional decision, personally I think he could have played some more international cric

  • on December 22, 2013, 10:55 GMT

    I can just imagine monty cheering. lol. But wish swann all the best. A very good player.

  • on December 22, 2013, 10:45 GMT

    Look at his bowling average of 29.96 do you think he retired today because he didn't want his average to go over 30?

  • Diaz54 on December 22, 2013, 10:36 GMT

    Sorry very selfish and badly timed!! Who ever replaces him is under pressure the whole side is. I am a Swann fan,but the timing is all wrong,,looks to me he could not stomach it...Aussies will see this as another victory!, just imagines if Peietersen did that he would be condemned as being selfish! Think about it so called fans.

  • JG2704 on December 22, 2013, 10:30 GMT

    Obviously we'll get the usual disrespectful comms on here but for me the guy is a legend who helped make English cricket a more entertaining game both with his onfield performances and his onfield/off ield banter.By far the most charismatic English cricketer for decades. We all want to bow out on top , on our own terms but to me this is akin to a boxer who realises they've not got it anymore and rather than risk further humiliation has gone for the safer option. I'm sure it was a tough decision which he's thought hard about. Id have rested him for the next test at least anyway but now we have the situation where we have to try and replace the cricketer who IMO is hardest to replace. This series has been tough for him but of the last 3 series he played (inc 2 at home) he was our leading wicket taker in 2 and 2nd in the other.Only Swann knows how much he has left to offer but I hope he enjoys his retirement knowing how much he has contributed to a generation of English cricket

  • on December 22, 2013, 10:28 GMT

    Very much disappointed. u r just 34 with so much accuracy. Loosing or winning is part of the game, you have to continue.

  • geoffboyc on December 22, 2013, 10:27 GMT

    Agree and disagree with Nut Cutlet. Swann has been a great servant, world class player and a good guy with it, but you also have a duty to your team mates in a situation like this. Even in his current form the bowling, batting AND fielding will be weaker for his departure. The series is lost but these are still Ashes series Test matches and what message does this send out to both teams? Some England players, whatever they say publicly, will feel they've been left in the lurch and the Aussies will feel they pressurised another Pom out of the action. If playing on risked permanent injury the decision would be applauded by everyone, but if Graham was fit enough to start the tour then I feel he should have seen it through.

  • yorkslanka on December 22, 2013, 10:14 GMT

    All the very best to you in whatever you choose to do in the future Swanny..you have been entertaining to watch...

  • PeerieTrow on December 22, 2013, 10:11 GMT

    Thanks for all the entertainment Swanny, and for playing the game properly. You'll be missed. Strictly Come Dancing next year?

  • on December 22, 2013, 9:59 GMT

    A wonderful bowler who clearly realised he could no longer reach those high standards he had reached over the last 5 years. There is no such thing as perfect timing when announcing these things but when you've got to go, you've got to go. The best England spin bowler in my lifetime by light years!

  • chrisandre on December 22, 2013, 9:58 GMT

    Sorry to see him go always played the game with all the energy &-efficiency,and I compliment him on his decision,if he thinks its time we all have to respect that decision,and wish him the very best for the future.

  • alipk52 on December 22, 2013, 9:56 GMT

    There're two teams in the world one of them makes career of a certain player that's Pakistan, one ends the career of a certain player that's Australia! Swann will be missed, till his last game, he had that sweet reputation of breaking partnerships when things falling apart.

  • RVC-38 on December 22, 2013, 9:55 GMT

    He does not want to play the last 2 tests and take the adulation of the Barmy army, but winning 4 ashes in a row gave him the motivation NOTto say.... I am not up to it.

  • TheCricketEmpireStrikesBack on December 22, 2013, 9:50 GMT

    A big surprise, but if the body has given up there is not much else to do either personally or for the team. Respect to Swann and I wish him well for the future.

    The only upside is that with Monty as a replacement we get to see more of another of the characters of cricket.

  • brusselslion on December 22, 2013, 9:48 GMT

    Interesting that Swann suggests Borthwick to replace him. Would be great if this happens. A genuine all-rounder and a leg spinner to boot. Big chance, Steve.

    Incidentally, kudos to Nathan Lyon for his comments on Swann's retirement.

  • on December 22, 2013, 9:47 GMT

    he cant leave his team b coz hes the best england have there are ups and down u cant leave now what will cook do

  • brusselslion on December 22, 2013, 9:41 GMT

    Thought that he might play the home series against India but I guess that he realises his time is up. As some others have said: The best English spinner since Underwood. Enjoy your retirement, Swanny.

  • VinodGupte on December 22, 2013, 9:40 GMT

    hahaha @ his comments on anderson. british wit!

  • McCricket_ on December 22, 2013, 9:36 GMT

    From an Aussie . . . well played Graeme. I've loved watching and admiring you - although I haven't loved all of your wickets, they have been far too frequent and many have come at some very inconvenient moments. It's a mark of respect that you can do so much damage and still be respected to such an extent by opposition teams and fans. If there's one thing I'll miss in Melbourne and Sydney -- regardless of the results -- it will be for the fans and the Barmy Army to have given you their own farewell. As for your timing, well, you've given the maximum amount of time to England to slot someone in before their next series, so well done to you. All the best.

  • Mattoo66 on December 22, 2013, 9:36 GMT

    Swanny was a great player as his stats show. He did a wonderful job for England over the years.His service will be missed by England thatz for sure but somebody else has to step in and fill up the gap left by swann and i guess Monnty Panesar is the right man provided he remains deciplined.

  • on December 22, 2013, 9:30 GMT

    What happened to picking up off the floor and living to fight another day. 34 for spinner is pretty young many have had their best spells after passing 34,Warne had 100 wkt a year after he was 34.Its a shame and poor cricketing decision.

  • jw76 on December 22, 2013, 9:28 GMT

    Did he discuss the matter with the captain and coach before arriving at his decision to abandon ship in mid-tour, to see what they felt would be in the best interests of the team? Doesn't sound like it, sounds like a selfish decision based on his own disgruntlement. They might have different ideas about whether his staying on would be "wrong for the team," but as his attitude is obviously negative it's probably just as well for them he's gone. Best for the team I would have thought would be something like, "If you want me to stay on, I'll stay till the end of the tour and give you all I've got."

  • kitten on December 22, 2013, 9:24 GMT

    Australia targetting Swann in no uncertain way in this series, has no doubt contributed to Swann making this decision, and that too, in the middle of a very important series. However, having said that, it is sad to see such a great spin bowler retire. It was always very interesting to watch him weave his magic over one and all batsmen over the world, especially in England. I, personally will miss you Swanny, but I also realise your arm was causing you a lot of trouble recently, so maybe this is the right decision, and hence, will wish you all the very best in the future. Maybe, a bowling coach at some stage in the near future, perhaps?

  • Mastervillain on December 22, 2013, 9:19 GMT

    It is a sad day, but Graeme must know what he had left in the tank.

    Certainly, the best spinner England has produced since I started following the side back in the mid 70s. Only Derek Underwood of the slow Brigade is right up there and he was keen to point out he was not a spinner.

    Statistically, his 4 plus wickets per match will be hard to cover. Apart from Finn and the faltering Tremlett, none of the other England bowlers are that effective - yes, including Anderson and the media's darling, Stuart Broad.

    Best wishes and thanks for the memories,Graeme.

  • on December 22, 2013, 9:17 GMT

    best of luck for the future you were one of the best spinners that world cricket has seen In England you were the best and one of the all time best for Emgland.Omce again all good wishes to you for thefuture.

  • Cubitt on December 22, 2013, 9:10 GMT

    Massive surprised mid-series! Can't help but feel that very quickly the England team is going to change. All the best to him.

  • Herath-UK on December 22, 2013, 8:57 GMT

    This smack of a disturbing trend in the England tour parties which does not bode well for the management. A more close scrutiny of players selected for a long tour should take place & that it was an option for Swann to retire in mid series if Ashes fail I think a bolt out of blue to them. However Swann has been one of the best in the trade & wish him the very best.

  • 64blip on December 22, 2013, 8:53 GMT

    Wow! Retiring mid series with immediate effect is shocking and will unsettle the remaining players further. There's a lot of humour and affection for his team mates in his statement but this must be two fingers to the management. If he'd waited to the end of the series it would have looked 'natural'. Maybe he does just want to be home for Christmas now he's made his mind up and isn't bothered what it looks like, but he's an intelligent bloke and I think he knows what he's doing. Like he says, it's been a great ride, so thanks Swanny!

  • Dax75 on December 22, 2013, 8:44 GMT

    At least one of his averages climbed here. Love this hope theres many more to go as a result of this tour.

  • K_Jan on December 22, 2013, 8:40 GMT

    Shocking news for me.Swanny was such a great spinner in recent years for england.I credit him the best english spinner after Laker.In short i would called him the english magician.

  • PrasPunter on December 22, 2013, 8:40 GMT

    Swann is a very nice bloke - He has had a real good career. With 3 Ashes victories, he should have been content enough when he made the call. A Fine and unselfish one. A very humorous and self-deprecating fella he is - wishing him a very healthy life. Good luck Swann !!

  • Cric_bhai on December 22, 2013, 8:35 GMT

    Whoa that's one sudden decision out of blue. Anyways, a great orthodox spinner whom I've always admired. Good luck for the future. World Cricket is gonna miss you SWANNY!!

  • RVC-38 on December 22, 2013, 8:35 GMT

    @ Srijan Sengupta on (December 22, 2013, 8:14 GMT) nice spot on the consonant, you can be my first slipper.

  • on December 22, 2013, 8:31 GMT

    Too much player break down happening in the English team, this needs to be looked at by ecb, swanny easily had a few years left in him.

  • Wallruss on December 22, 2013, 8:24 GMT

    Thank you Graeme Swann! The best English spinner I've seen. Three Ashes victories, all with class!

  • Niblick on December 22, 2013, 8:18 GMT

    So Australia's ruthless aggression has accounted for one English Batsman and now one English Bowler.

    Good luck and all that to Swann - but should have seen the series through - despite all the PC'ness - the fact of the matter is - you've deserted your mates in tough times.

  • on December 22, 2013, 8:14 GMT

    Andrew Strauss, Jonathan Trott, and now Swann. For all its emphasis on objective, dispassionate professionalism, there are too many cricketers in the England team setup who seem to find quitting to be the preferable option in the face of failure and/or conflict. As individuals playing at this level I'm sure they don't reach such a decision lightly, but this disturbing trend makes me think if there are some fundamental issues within the institution of England cricket.

    Or maybe it is just for people who have repeated consonants at the end of their names. :P

  • Meety on December 22, 2013, 8:12 GMT

    Well this is a very big wake up call for England management. Swann should of been asked to retire form ODIs & T20s after the last world cups for those disciplines. Why? Because he is too valuable to lose for England. I feel sorry for him - he went out with whimper, as these 3 tests will overshadow the previous 5. Dunno whether he should of retired mid-series.

  • SaadRocx on December 22, 2013, 8:00 GMT

    Can't Believe it..Very Sad Indeed.

  • humdrum on December 22, 2013, 7:50 GMT

    No more easy runs for Australia. Who will be the next ? Maybe Anderson,or even Prior.Now then, Swanny, get into the IPL and make some easy money.Just 4 overs per game,and no chance of being out all day and chasing leather.Good on yer,Swanny.

  • on December 22, 2013, 7:49 GMT

    I agree with Swann, with hindsight it may have been a series too many, he's had his share of fitness issues and operations and it can't have helped.

    I think he'd be a breath of fresh air in the commentary box if he goes that way, he's quite a laugh sometimes !

    Long-term replacement far from obvious, Borthwick seems to be shaping more as a batsman and Adil Rashid hasn't impressed of late.

  • FurqanKhan on December 22, 2013, 7:47 GMT

    Really took all the sleep out of my eyes as i opened cricinfo and read ths news, horrible enough and a great loss of crickt. Big fan of him and really wantd to see him till 2015/16 ashes. It shud hav been done bettr swanny, u cud hav playd less crickt including t20 wrld cup and 2015 worldcup with one or two test series and thn hav a final burst in the ashes...!!! A classic legend offie in the modern era is a rare sight... Best of luck for the future and looking to c u in the commentary box... Might u had taken a leaf out of warne and mgrath's book of 2005 & 2007 ashes...fingr spinners alws struggle in aus also...!!!!

  • on December 22, 2013, 7:30 GMT

    Welcome to IPL Graeme, there is lot of Cricket left in you.

  • lillee4PM on December 22, 2013, 7:26 GMT

    England are chocolate soldiers melting in the sun. 5-0 looking good!

  • Ditchy on December 22, 2013, 7:25 GMT

    While I liked Swann, retiring mid series is a disgrace. Basically abandoning his team mates. Of course he may have been already been told that he was going to be dropped...

  • on December 22, 2013, 7:22 GMT

    Just shows the cruel side of the game. One of the top performers of this generation, and a rare breed of quality spinners at that, calling it a day. I respect his decision and England should consider themselves lucky they had Swann. His decision led me to respect Saeed Ajmal even more, he's still in his prime past 36 and has shown little signs of slowing down, and is now deservedly the number one spinner in the world today!

  • Hira1 on December 22, 2013, 7:18 GMT

    Very sad for english cricket. You cannot let your best player go like this, winning and loosing is part of game but the way the English senior players are treated after just one series defeat is very discouranging and bring no good in long term for English cricket. First Trott now Swann and if KP and Anderson will get dropped in next 2 matches no wonder both will announce retirement too. If one has to go than it should be Flower who has to take the blame for the failure same way he always took credit for the success.

  • RVC-38 on December 22, 2013, 7:14 GMT

    @ VikasPai on (December 22, 2013, 6:23 GMT) Good for IPL " Now he is retired, he should fetch a good price".. That just about SUMS it up

  • WillPilgrim on December 22, 2013, 7:10 GMT

    The steady ascent of English cricket following their disastrous 2006/2007 Ashes campaign is in no small way indebted to Graeme Swann. KP, Cook, Bell and Trott are all fine players with the bat and Anderson and Broad are quality pace bowlers, but England has struggled in the key spin bowling department for as long as I can remember. In Swann, the English team finally found an aggressive big turning and often game changing spinner they needed in order to have the complete team. Congratulations Swann on a fine career and breaking the mould of defensive English finger spinners. I hope the selectors continue to encourage young English spinners to really turn the ball and to provide entertaining cricket in the manner Graeme Swan has during his career.

  • george204 on December 22, 2013, 7:08 GMT

    255 wickets @ 29 in the era of flat pitches & heavy bats is a very very fine return for a finger spinner. He will be missed.

  • thinktank1 on December 22, 2013, 7:08 GMT

    Yes, he was under immense stress due to Ashes loss. But, as a senior international cricketer he should have thought about the team before taking the decision. Team needs him most. 2-3 is better than 0-5. With Swann gone, I think Australia will go on to win 5-0 effortless.

  • on December 22, 2013, 7:07 GMT

    Player like #Swann sadly constrained to retire. Performance is the KEY. He was not performing & living up to the expectations. Simple is that but he will be missed. A classy right arm orthodoxy spinner and very fine slip fielder.. Goodbye & thanks for the entertainment...

  • george204 on December 22, 2013, 7:04 GMT

    Oh, this is not something I wanted to read first thing in the morning. Have a good retirement, Graeme, you've served England well. Love some of the quotes though - Cricinfo, PLEASE tell me you have the video of this?!

  • on December 22, 2013, 7:03 GMT

    I am feeling ashamed for him, he could have fight his way back. It's all about coming back when you are down and out. He is only 34-35. At, 36+ Saeed Ajmal is still going strong he too was humiliated in 2010 at World T-20 Semi-final but after that he came up as a better bowler. Mr. Swann must have taken a leaf out of Mr. Saeed Ajmal's book.

  • mask63 on December 22, 2013, 7:02 GMT

    Undoubtedly the best off-spinner for last 5-6 years. Also record suggests that. One of the best bowling action I would say. Will miss u swanny. Best of luck for ur future. Will definitely misse that left-handers dismissal (bowled). Hands down from a true Indian fan. Love. u and miss. u SWANNY......

  • on December 22, 2013, 6:58 GMT

    The best spin bowler England have had for ages. I am surprised that it's been only five years in tests as Swann, in my mind, seems like a fixture for England but in some ways that's part of the problem. Except for injury he's been playing continuously for England in almost every form of the game and in most cases being England's only spin option must put a lot of stress on a player. 60 tests, 78 ODIs and 39 T20s in 5 years is 400+ days of cricket and that doesn't count games for teams other than England. A huge loss for England not only for his play but also for his spirit.

    One wonders who else might call it quits after this series: Jimmy and KP are obvious candidates

  • liz1558 on December 22, 2013, 6:56 GMT

    Sorry to see you go Swanny - good luck on strictly come dancing.

  • on December 22, 2013, 6:51 GMT

    indian cricketers dont like to retire. sehwag. harbhajan should follow swann's footsteps. tendulkar should of retired 3 years ago as he really failed and let his team down after world cup.

  • soumyas on December 22, 2013, 6:50 GMT

    Look at the difference between Australian and England players, when Australia lost ashes in England, no one retired or took a break, rather they faced the challenge and got back to winning ways, but look at England cricketers, they are not facing the challenges, they are running away. Remaining England cricketers need to be brave in these difficult and complex situation. Their team management has failed completely.

  • TheBigBoodha on December 22, 2013, 6:49 GMT

    All the best Swanny. I have no problem wit his behaviour or attitude. He was a character, and we need more of them in cricket. Gie me a Swann or KP any day over. Robo-captain Cook. Having said that, I like Cook too, but hope he can listen up a bit, for the sake of both his batting and the team.

    I suspect there's something happening behind the scenes here, and that all is not well in the Eng camp. Then again, I couldn't blame them.

    Of course I cold be wrong. "Back to your stations gentlemen. It's only an iceberg! Onward to victory!"

  • BradmanBestEver on December 22, 2013, 6:48 GMT

    He had to go, he knew he had to go and he had the courage to go himself before he was dropped.

    He went the way it should be done.

  • rizwan1981 on December 22, 2013, 6:47 GMT

    Swann may not be the best spinner in the world , but he certainly has a BRILLIANT sense of humour - He is also typically English in his modesty - recall Swann acknowledging that Murali was the greatest spinner in the world.

    Srikumar Narayan , you are right - many indian cricketers such as SACHIN TENDULKAR , Kapil Dev , Ganguly stayed on for many years for personal records and financial gains- Dravid , Gavaskar and VVS Laxman were the exceptions who retired without the gaudy farewell that was seen recently when Tendlkar retired

  • sam911 on December 22, 2013, 6:45 GMT

    Cricket lost another magnificent bowler, Swan bowling is as beautiful as lilly or jeff thompson, waqar yunus, Glenn Macgrath, Good Luck to Swann

  • KALPANA. on December 22, 2013, 6:43 GMT

    His wacky sense of humor and talking skills will fetch him a huge commentator contract and he will certainly be the next guy to watch in STRICTLY COME DANCING..!! GOOD LUCK SWANNY. See you soon commentating @ some international match.

    AND DON'T FORGET TO PLAY IN THE IPL FOR THE NEXT 2 YEARS..!!

  • Charith99 on December 22, 2013, 6:42 GMT

    Good off spinner but clearly not in the league of greats like Warner,muraly or even Kumble. Wise decision to retire before his average exceed 30.

  • on December 22, 2013, 6:40 GMT

    This is what I like about English cricket. They just know to take decisions and not simply hang around for years without performing and chasing some weird record. Who cares, it's the team first is all about Swann. Great attitude, his stint was short but sweet. Amazing guy. Leaving your space for someone else with still a bit of time left is the best you could ever do to ur country !

    Everybody got to admire this guy. So funny he s yet serious. Breeding youngsters is always required and you never know what they could do. Seniors shld give way when the time has come. Look what the Indian kids are doing that even those legends weren't able to do at SA. Amazing Swann. Good luck. We love ya from India :)

  • soumyas on December 22, 2013, 6:40 GMT

    @VikasPai , you are RIGHT ON THE MONEY.

  • Anubhav-the-Experience on December 22, 2013, 6:38 GMT

    Challenged India in India and beat India....probably the best spinner outside Indian sub-continent. Respect...probably gives Ashwin something to think about...

  • heathrf1974 on December 22, 2013, 6:36 GMT

    I was shocked when this happened. All the Best Mr Swann. You've been a great servant to English cricket.

  • ketaann on December 22, 2013, 6:35 GMT

    It is shame. Like their board Swann has no value for ODI. He should play till next world cup. His contribution was major factor in england's rise to no 1, but he always feel boring to play ODI's.

  • on December 22, 2013, 6:32 GMT

    Swann- good bowler, became better coz of DRS, but good entertainer even ifm irritable and clique minded at times..but this is a shock retirement...Warne in the same postion vowed to win the retun series , made it 5-0 and then retired...but yeahfor each it's own

  • on December 22, 2013, 6:30 GMT

    Perhaps too much asking by the skipper from the spinner who incidentally could not succeed this time and now not feeling to bear the brunt anymore

  • VikasPai on December 22, 2013, 6:23 GMT

    Finally few more English players getting available for IPL auction... Now he is retired, he should fetch a good price..

  • tendulkardhoni on December 22, 2013, 6:23 GMT

    oh! england s got to miss its very fine spinner

  • on December 22, 2013, 6:16 GMT

    Happy farewell Swanny.....U were the best spinner in this current spinners legacy of this modern spinners..Though U didnt played as many much as Kumble, Murli and Shane Warne, but I would consider U wit Honour in thier LEGACY....Will miss u Swanny....

  • on December 22, 2013, 6:15 GMT

    After his retirement we can say that cricket is a batsman game now. He was the last page in a book which belongs to spinners. Warnie, murli, jumbo, bhajji & now swann all gone. Can't see any spinner who have the capability to even spin a cricket ball. One the great off spinners has retired today. Even indians finds him difficult to play. You have one of best flights and drifts of the cricket ball. As an indian i never liked english win but i always loved to see you ball. Hats off to u . This might not be the best farewell but you as a greatest finger spinner will always stay in our hearts. Thanks for the moments. Best of luck for future.

  • Bonehead_maz on December 22, 2013, 6:14 GMT

    While watching Swann in Adelaide, wringing his right hand between balls like he had 'pins and needles", I suspected his last elbow surgery hadn't exactly worked. You'll be missed Swanny ! A very good bowler and.......the highest compliment I can give - you played like an Aussie ! The English team's play (and even tweets) will now become even more boring and humourless :(

  • featurewriter on December 22, 2013, 6:10 GMT

    That's disappointing. I'm an Australian and like many other Aussies have admired the way Swann plays cricket. He's been a real competitor and a good ambassador for the game. It looks like we have lost two real gentlemen of the game this series - hopefully Trott can return to the international arena; he's an enormous talent and another good human being. All that aside, I'm looking forward to Australia wrapping up this series 5-0! Can't wait for Boxing Day!

  • Sir_Francis on December 22, 2013, 6:10 GMT

    Retiring mid series is tough on the team. Who backs up Monty if he gets injured. Still, if he truly feels he can't do it (though I'm sure he can). I recall McGill retiring mid series but that was because of injury. As for Monty, an M. Panesar bowled in Sydney Grade yesterday (took 1-31 off 10). In the same team as M. Starc who only batted. P. Cummins also batted in another game but didn't bowl. I guess neither are ready.

  • phermon on December 22, 2013, 6:06 GMT

    The guy seems to have been around forever. Hard to believe he started at 29. Graeme Swann, you're up there, in my mind, with Denis Compton, Ken Barrington, Fred Botham and Jim Lock, Fred Tyson, John Underwood, Andrew Vaughan - you know them - all the greats!

  • jimbond on December 22, 2013, 6:06 GMT

    Along with Trott's absence, this will leave another gap which will take a long time for England to fill. Monty can fill in for a while in subcontinental tracks, but elsewhere, there is no one in sight to fill up this gap. I would say that he is one of those four or five players who got England to No. 1 in Test rankings (Along with Anderson, Pieterson and Trott). In ODI's too, his absence would be sorely felt. England can now forget about the top three spots in tests for a while.

  • on December 22, 2013, 6:00 GMT

    How many indian cricketers can do this? Hang the boots when the time is ripe? Kudos to Swan for this brave move...

  • Robertito on December 22, 2013, 6:00 GMT

    "Since his debut in December 2008, Swann was Test cricket's leading wicket taker from any country, his 255 victims well ahead of Anderson (232), Stuart Broad (207) and Dale Steyn (205), who were the next best in that period." You can glean a whole lot from those statistics - England has had too much cricket in the last five years and too much has been left to too few. Cricket is a sport, if the players stop enjoying it, they should stop playing. Good on Swannie for realising this.

  • on December 22, 2013, 5:53 GMT

    Arguably the best off spinner of recent times.Very orthodox and spinning a great deal.Even the Indian batsmen found him difficult to handle.The timing of his retirement does surprise me but at the same time I honour his decision which might have been taken in some sort of compulsion.Cricket will be poorer with the retirement of Swann especially the English team which got a great deal of assurance from this lively person.

  • on December 22, 2013, 5:53 GMT

    Mr Swann: I thoroughly enjoyed your playing style. You also made being a spinner a rockstar position! All the best for your future. I do wish you played the last 2 tests.

  • mredz84 on December 22, 2013, 5:52 GMT

    Its surprising how ordinary his record is against SA, AUS and IND. He was someone who played the game with the right spirit. Good luck.

  • on December 22, 2013, 5:52 GMT

    Swan's sudden retirement is a shock! It will further hurt Englishmen. They are running out of options. Swan became a leading spinner in no time at all. He had that X-factor in him. World of cricket has lost a remarkable off-spinner. Onus is now on Saeed Ajmal to carry the baton of off-spin bowling ahead.

  • on December 22, 2013, 5:50 GMT

    Swann had really been a good player. I am from India. But I would say, he was really committed and hardworking considering he did well when Eng toured India and contributed well for the victory of England in the series. Also his decision is an honorable one. As he saw, he was declining, he decided to call it a day instead of persisting like some other players. If only Indians also behaved the same way like Strauss or Swann, we wouldn't have had back-to-back whitewashes and also the loss we had to endure against England at home. Probably Trott will also retire soon.

  • soumyas on December 22, 2013, 5:49 GMT

    I don't understand why these cricketers value themselves, he has taken England till the mid of water and left it, big loss to England, do these cricketers care anything about their country ? they should put country before themselves. people criticize some indian cricketers for being selfish about personal milestones, even if it is true, striving for personal milestone is much better choice than sudden departure like this.

  • on December 22, 2013, 5:48 GMT

    Reminds me of the old adage about rats and sinking ships...... when the team is losing the way England is at the moment... thats the time when Senior players have to bring in all their experience in and turn things around....... you don't leave them in the lurch like this...Anyway he did well till he played so congratulations on a successful career and all the best for the future Swanny

  • on December 22, 2013, 5:46 GMT

    An honest decision. Swann has been frank enough to admit that his body can't take the rigors of the longer format anymore. He has not been one of those who carry on with niggles ,not performing up to the mark and don't get dropped because of past reputation. He was a refreshing change in a cricketing world that was increasingly being dominated by off spinners with dubious actions. Without having the doosra or teesra, he was the most potent off spinner in the last five years. However, off late his decline was also dramatic and perhaps showed that his mind , heart and body were not in it. Good luck and thanks for all those memories.

  • on December 22, 2013, 5:46 GMT

    Goodbye Swann.U really have stunned the oposition almost all the times.These will be very big shoes to fill.Pull up your socks Panesar,there are troubling times ahead

  • Valerio_DiBattista on December 22, 2013, 5:43 GMT

    I believe Panesar would have likely replaced him for the Melbourne Test, so perhaps Swann saw this as the best time to retire. I think that is fair enough. The way he played Mitchell Johnson in this series indicated to me that he may have just about had enough anyway. Congratulations on a superb career. To win 3 Ashes series in a row is a wonderful performance.

  • TSJ07 on December 22, 2013, 5:43 GMT

    Really shocking to hear when your team is already down and dusted.This is only going to make the matters worse. 1st Trott and now Swan,do ENG players also thinking about something called "Playing for your county"? Even if he had made up his mind he should have waited till the end of the series for his country sake. And if he had made his mind before the tour then he should not have come to AUS and retired before Ashes or atleast told his coach or captain about it.This means that he played 1st three matches half heatedly with the retirement also on his mind. Although he has very good record and I do wish hin good luck but surely timing is not right.Country should come 1st and then personal choices.

  • on December 22, 2013, 5:43 GMT

    there is definitely issues in the English dressing room, because just a few months ago Swann had indicated that he wanted to play 2015 WC. He is only 34 as a spinner could have played another 2-3 years easily.

  • DataQue on December 22, 2013, 5:39 GMT

    Swann is known as "off the wagon" person and Cricket was a hindrance in pursuing his persona... Now, with retirement in Cricket he can atleast pursue his persona with pleasure...

  • Shishank_Dahiya on December 22, 2013, 5:38 GMT

    After Warne and Murali i feel Swann is the greatest spinner of the modern time. Clean action. Nice follow through. People might argue that may be Harbhajan or Vettori or may be Ajmal might give Swann a fight but i rate him highly as he mostly bowls on spin unfriendly wickets in England and still he averages in 20s.

    Great bloke. Wishing him all the luck. Cricket would be poorer without him. I would have loved him to complete the Ashes but i guess now its pretty clear that without him it is going to be 5-0 in favor of Aussies.

  • social_monster09 on December 22, 2013, 5:35 GMT

    What!!! Is it true or a joke? sure this is not a good news for English camp, he is a great spinner. But this is not a good time to say goodbye when your team needs you more than ever. I am shocked by this news. Well Thank you Swann for your contribution & a happy post cricket life.

  • on December 22, 2013, 5:35 GMT

    consider playing ipl n big bash n all

  • on December 22, 2013, 5:34 GMT

    Like a rat deserting a sinking ship. Bet he wouldn't have retired if we were 3-0 up. Bit selfish that swanny! I am proud that no Indians would like to leave their team like this

  • xylo on December 22, 2013, 5:32 GMT

    Great sense of humor even in one of the toughest moments of his career, and possibly life! Here is a man who will go down in cricketing history as a man who put his team above his personal milestones, like Mike Hussey and Dravid. His sense of humor is something that will be great in the commentary boxes. Is he going to be playing in the IPL/county cricket?

  • on December 22, 2013, 5:30 GMT

    Monty is no way near a proper replacement of Swann... Eng needs to hire new spinners now.

  • on December 22, 2013, 5:25 GMT

    i remember tendulkar s words when england had come to india : swann will be the toughest to face not only in india but all over the world, take a bow swann what a magnificient carrer it has been, will miss you a lot

  • on December 22, 2013, 5:22 GMT

    Great character with his collers always up!Now his retirement will also be 'remembered'. Wish him luck though.

  • on December 22, 2013, 5:21 GMT

    A Shocking one!He should be with the team till Ashes ends as a Mentor for the spinners!

  • on December 22, 2013, 5:18 GMT

    The "Swan-song" was brief but decent...Seriously you could have played till 2015. But then it is your decision...australia does this to people. But luckily it has come when your career was towards the final stages. Many young cricketers have never played cricket after such an Australian tour...Also compared to many people in various walks of life you have the luxury to retire. Of course that is due to your talent and hard work. You deserve that. Hope you take up umpiring just like Venkatragavan, dharmasena...two offies ;)

  • on December 22, 2013, 5:18 GMT

    Aus summer is tooo hot for Eng... :) anyway we have missed another good spinner from cricket. I wish him best of luck for new phase of his life. Thanks for entertaining us.

  • on December 22, 2013, 5:13 GMT

    A great spinner lauded by many in the cricketing world.His inpromptu decision to quit all forms of cricket is a bit suprising.Had a very strong ability to take wickets.he bowled well even in the sub-continent.if it would have been just another series then things would have been different.

  • on December 22, 2013, 5:08 GMT

    i think the writing was on the wall for swanny.

    ECB wanted to drop him for 4th test, and since swanny already think that this might be his last tour anyway, he call it quit straight away.

    Pity though, England need him real bad to perform in the last 2 test

  • VisBal on December 22, 2013, 5:06 GMT

    All the best Swanny. Have a good retired life.

  • on December 22, 2013, 5:03 GMT

    swanny we are shocked.... england what's happening..?? good luck and have nice time in rest..... good bye

  • on December 22, 2013, 5:03 GMT

    First trott then swann really a big loss for Eng, Sydney is a good place to bowl for a spinner & I think Eng management was in a mood of giving panesar a chance which might have resulted in Swann's sudden retirement. Anyhow a big loss for Eng as Anderson is not at his best & Broad is injured. A chance for tremlett, finn & panesar in the next 2 games

  • on December 22, 2013, 5:02 GMT

    This article should be read by many Indian cricketers.

  • Bones87 on December 22, 2013, 5:02 GMT

    At the fellow who said these things come in threes: My prediction would be Flower.

    I really liked Swanny and hoped he'd be around until 2015, but I think he's done the right thing in the end. Time to start rebuilding for then now, it's not far away.

  • on December 22, 2013, 5:01 GMT

    Great spinner and a great bloke who was always fun to hear. But it's unreal that he has retired so early, he still had a lot of cricket left in him. What ifs the ashes doing to people.

  • on December 22, 2013, 4:58 GMT

    really surprised to see his exit, 34 is not an age to retire & specially considering the fact that he had a late debut. I have never been a fan of swan & i think he still had few years to prove me wrong, but anyways congrats to the man. He has a wonderful short career of 60 test matches & 285 wkt which is definitely better than many English bowlers.

  • whensdrinks on December 22, 2013, 4:57 GMT

    A very good cricketer but his decision shows a lack of ticker. Arrogant in victory but lacking resolve in defeat, a champion on suitable pitches but pedestrian when conditions don't suit; it sort of sums up this English team. Good luck for your future.

  • on December 22, 2013, 4:54 GMT

    Shocked....really shocked.......Though I am an AUSSIE supporter in Ashes,I like graeme swann........Nothing to say about his cricket skill....He is one of the greatest spinner ever played for England

  • on December 22, 2013, 4:51 GMT

    disappointed with the news. Swann was my favorite spinner best of luck for future commitments. Congratulations for the great career swanny. But this ashes become a disaster for England for sure.

  • hotcric01 on December 22, 2013, 4:51 GMT

    Sad to hear.Anyway congratulations to his future.He has put his mark in international cricket.An excellent talent and a funny character. He is one of rare skill who has same talent in all formats of the game.He is behind only to saeed ajmal as a spinner in his era.His flight and bounce has been watchful.I think Monty,Danny briggs and James tradwell are the best guys to fill the gap.Allrounder Samit patel is also a good selection,especially for shorter versions of the game.

  • Shabir003 on December 22, 2013, 4:50 GMT

    Stunted and shocked about this announcement,but many congrats to you for what you have achived in cricket field wana see you play more.in my eyes he was one of the best spinners at present after warne and kumble with no doosra or teesra.he contributed heavily to the england and winning three ashes a great honour and helping england to win a test series in india which.he feel the pressure in this ashes and being constantly crictised by ex former cricketers who did not want see him to become great bowler all time for england.in 2006 ashes martyn made such a annoncement after his retirement what aus get all knows.England will miss his serivce in sub continent pitches than his critics say there should be swann in this series.You are my one of the fav player.miss you so much and love you.in this ashes england not loss series but being destroyed with two big guns left the team due to feeling pressur and getting irresponsive cricts.Hope england not loose one more player from team and hope the former players stop crictising the team after all they acheive lot of sucess

  • Sir_Ivor on December 22, 2013, 4:45 GMT

    It was lovely reading the comments of Slysta, who is an Australian. I agree with him totally that Graeme Swann was not justa professional cricketer. He was as good with his spin bowling skills as he was with his wisdom and humour. I recall him having taken the wickets of Gambhir and Dravid in the first over of his debut game against India some years ago.There was no sign of nerves despite the late age at which he ws being baptised.Having seen first hand the great Erapalli Prasanna in his pomp, I can say that there is no off spin bowler currently playing the game who bowled off spin with the same trade basic skills of flight,drift, turn and above all cunning as Graeme Swann.I am not sure why he lost his way or in fact whether it was just a temporary phase.I cannot believe that someone as good as him needed to hang his boots with some two years of the game still left in him.Then I remember how the great Prasanna himself stepped down after Pakistan 1978.So long Graeme. You were very good

  • on December 22, 2013, 4:38 GMT

    ECB should get together and get him back out of retirement... He has atleast 2 to 3 years of International Cricket!!... One bad series doesnt make swann or anderson bad bowlers.......... You guys got back KP to play ODI, bring back Swann... Pl

  • landl47 on December 22, 2013, 4:38 GMT

    Although Swann hadn't been bowling well, I wasn't expecting this. He's had a great career for someone who started later than most as a test player and he'll be very hard to replace.

    Good luck to him, good luck to England in finding a replacement and let's just hope the rest of the tour doesn't make things any worse.

  • venkatesh018 on December 22, 2013, 4:37 GMT

    I think a great spinner is running away from his responsibility a bit too quickly. One really bad series against a batting line up cleverly stacked up with right-handers and this is the way you respond Swanny. Totally unexpected of you. Anyway the better spinner on current form-Monty- will be playing the two Marquee tests. That is the only plus out of this !

  • on December 22, 2013, 4:30 GMT

    I wonder if he would have retired in the middle of a series like this if Panesar was not in the reserves. But I guess Panesar wants a go too so it's fine. All his comments in the article state about his body not being able to handle the long form of the game - so he could have stayed on in ODIs and T20s as both those world cups are in the next 15 odd months. Then again - England don't care about them (unless they win of course, at which point it would, according to them, become one of the biggest, best and most important tournaments in the entire history of cricket). And, of course, most importantly, this frees him up completely for the entire IPL7 with the grand auction coming up soon.

  • chatas on December 22, 2013, 4:28 GMT

    Do not understand why some comments continue to trash Panesar. He is by far the best spinner England has. He is accurate, has great variations of flight, spin and his height gives him natural bounce. He has vastly improved his fielding. Panesar won England the recent India series, he got Tendulkar out.

    I guess he will always be at a disadvantage with the England selectors. Not sure why.

  • on December 22, 2013, 4:21 GMT

    Will miss you Graeme Swann. Admire your love for England and to breed a younger generation. Have a Blessed future.

  • on December 22, 2013, 4:13 GMT

    That's throwing in the towel, Swanny. Didn't expect this from a fighter like you. Retirement in the middle of a series? come on...you are way better than this.

  • on December 22, 2013, 4:10 GMT

    Well that leaves Ajmal the undisputed King at this time, he may have couple of more years to showdown his phenomenal run since his late debut for Pakistan.

  • on December 22, 2013, 4:08 GMT

    swann is all times great cricketer which ever produce by a England side. He's main deference which other English team lack. I wish all the best for his future. The great man of the modern game. I think with out him in England test team will face lot of challenges in future.

  • on December 22, 2013, 4:05 GMT

    Legend !

  • _Australian_ on December 22, 2013, 4:05 GMT

    @ Anan ram. That is the difference between great and good sides.

  • on December 22, 2013, 4:04 GMT

    Well... Who's the best spinner out there now? Not quite sure if Swann was considered the best but he was up there no doubt

  • Rock_cricket on December 22, 2013, 3:59 GMT

    It's a shocking decision in the middle of a important series, he was required to be there performing as many times he did. but its his decision and I wish him all the best for his future. Thanks for entertaining world cricket.

  • srikanths on December 22, 2013, 3:58 GMT

    Quite sudden atleast to us. I am sure he must have been thinking about it. He did go through some surgery and was possibly struggling physically a bit. His tally of 255 wkts from 60 tests is , that too on pitches which do not favour spin is definitely top draw , especially when one sees Indian spinners like Ashwin etc struggling to pick wickets abroad , atleast so far.That was the case with Bhajji also

    England plays a lot of test cricket. In years Swann played tests.

  • Bhatin on December 22, 2013, 3:53 GMT

    Welcome to next IPL..!! Many more to follow for sure.

  • on December 22, 2013, 3:53 GMT

    trott swann who next!england in total disarray. mental disintegration as steve waugh would say

  • on December 22, 2013, 3:49 GMT

    Shocked! But good luck for your future. A fan from Sri Lanka.

  • on December 22, 2013, 3:48 GMT

    I still can't believe this.... I thought you would play at least 2 more years .... However, I really appreciate your afford of playing for England.... You were not only a great bowler but also a great fielder.... It was always enjoyable to see you playing for England.... Wish you all the best mate..........

  • Min2000 on December 22, 2013, 3:47 GMT

    How quickly the tide turns. This England side was on top of the world just 12 months ago, and the Australians couldn't buy a win. I'll remember Swann as being a gutsy, highly competitive spinner that more often than not punched above his weight.

  • Baxter_P on December 22, 2013, 3:46 GMT

    Peculiar timing (why not play out the series and help your mates win one? As a favour to Cook even) but if he doesn't want to play on, it's his choice. I've not always been 100% a Swann fan, but he did a very good job for England in their recent winning period and they wouldn't have been the #1 test team in the world without him. That said, putting England in the position where Panesar has to play in Melbourne & Sydney as the #1 spinner is a bit rough, particularly when team morale has had a bit of a battering. They don't really need a key senior squad member packing it in because they lost; can't see how that boosts team spirit.

  • on December 22, 2013, 3:37 GMT

    I'm very shocked to hear this coz he is the on of the best spinners in the world and he is still pretty young

  • on December 22, 2013, 3:36 GMT

    Rather typical of the English cricket team right now, but he should have done it for the team, and announced his retirement at the end of the series. DOing this now is one more rampant ego in sport. It would be good for English cricket if KP does the same thing at the end of the tour. The team is stale and Flower needs to show a couple more the door methinks.

  • RVC-38 on December 22, 2013, 3:34 GMT

    There is a light at the end of the tunnel for England, two summers ago the Indian team toured Australia they got smashed 5 nil, half the batters went into retirement / pushed and now 2 years later they are having the best test match played overseas for years, against the saffers.

  • zenboomerang on December 22, 2013, 3:33 GMT

    Gob smacked is the 1st thing I felt - driving home listening to the radio I heard the announcement, didn't believe it & checked 3 websites to confirm - & while its Swanny's call, I wish he played out the last 2 matches as I feel the MCG & SCG would probably have been more favourable to his bowling, plus winning a toss or 2 would also have helped.

    Swan is also one of the better fielders & has taken some excellent catches in recent times while his batting has always been an added bonus for the team. I just don't see Monty as a equal replacement. Yes his bowling is good at times but he doesn't bring much else to the team - sorry mate.

  • on December 22, 2013, 3:32 GMT

    A great opponent! always a pain for the opponent! A great team player:

  • Martyr82 on December 22, 2013, 3:30 GMT

    This reminds me of Martyn's retirement in the 2006-07 Ashes series... except Aus were 2-0 up at the time.

    I guess Swann didn't want to risk finishing with a career average over 30.

  • on December 22, 2013, 3:25 GMT

    I think thats a honest decision...will miss you..

  • on December 22, 2013, 3:24 GMT

    He should atleast play the two shorter forms of game for himself and more importantly for fans like me.

  • on December 22, 2013, 3:24 GMT

    Being an Indian myself, but spin is our out right now commodity. I at least that's what we thought. But you made it an art to cherish for all of us. You even troubled us with our own trade. I believe in destiny. And you are destined to be the best in some ones trade. Cricket will miss you but batsmen won't.

  • on December 22, 2013, 3:21 GMT

    It'd be great to see him in commentary, he's quite a funny guy.

  • yohandf on December 22, 2013, 3:15 GMT

    The best spinner i have seen from England since 90 s . outstanding career . had he stated playing test ealry , he could have got 400+ test wickets . good luck for future from sri lankan fan

  • Alexk400 on December 22, 2013, 3:14 GMT

    Actually it is best decision. Otherwise England cook forced to select him. Now they can go for extra fast bowler. England relieved. Atleast england can try to win 1 test or stop white wash

  • AjberPukkaattupady on December 22, 2013, 3:14 GMT

    I have been a fan of English cricket for last 5-6 years.. Here goes my reason.. Will miss his charm in the cricket grounds.. Hats off to a man who played his cricket with maximum enjoyment

  • Benster2 on December 22, 2013, 3:11 GMT

    Swann has almost certainly retired for the reason that, if he played another test, his career bowling average would go over 30. "Jumbo" Kumble did the exact same thing. Trying to hide it under the guise of doing the best thing for English cricket doesn't convince me one bit..

  • on December 22, 2013, 3:10 GMT

    This is what makes cricket great: Cricketers playing cricket for the right reasons. English cricket will greatly miss him though.

  • xtrafalgarx on December 22, 2013, 3:09 GMT

    Before this series the Australian batsmen said they wanted to make this Swann's swansong,but boy, oh boy, i didn't expect it. He looked like the kind of guy who wanted to play forever, but i was wrong. He looks quite content so good on him.

  • Robster1 on December 22, 2013, 3:06 GMT

    Fabulous finger spinner, good and aggressive late order batsman, quality second slip and an excellent upbeat team man. England will find it very hard to replace Swann. As we all know Panesar is not the answer. Cheerio and good luck Graeme.

  • Sinhaya on December 22, 2013, 3:03 GMT

    Absolutely shocked and stunned and this was one thing I least expected. Well who will be the next England spinner? No doubt Swann was instrumental in England's series win in India this time last year. He also helped England win a test match in Sri Lanka too. Hope England finds a suitable replacement for him soon. I am always of the view that spinners improve as they age unlike fast bowlers. I felt that Swann had another 3 years left in him as he was never injury prone. Thank you for your contribution to England cricket.

  • Simoc on December 22, 2013, 3:01 GMT

    I doubt that Harry. You'de have to think he has been told he's only 50/50 or less to play in Melbourne and decided he has had enough. But they should have told him to stick it till he gets home because this is hell for his his type of bowler and things can turn around very quickly where you need only bowl 20 overs on any given day and with a day between. Also Rick Ponting over bowled Warne at the end of his career where he should have been viewed as a strike bowler (with his record) and not one who should have to bowl more than 18 overs on any day. The recovery is slower at age and the aches last longer.

  • on December 22, 2013, 2:59 GMT

    Trott, Swann and who else? Things like this come in threes.

  • on December 22, 2013, 2:56 GMT

    Shocked by the timing of the decision.

  • on December 22, 2013, 2:56 GMT

    A tour down under : Either it will destroy a team or it will develop a team. In this case England is destroyed

  • on December 22, 2013, 2:53 GMT

    That was some sense of humour! Congrats on a great career and good luck!

  • on December 22, 2013, 2:50 GMT

    Great anecdotes about the camaraderie in the English team. This is the kind of stuff which makes teams sports special. Congrats on a stellar career Swann!! Boy he really did give the ball a rip!! Great character.

  • Chris_P on December 22, 2013, 2:50 GMT

    Enjoy your retirement Swanny, you got nothing more to prove, you gave outstanding service to your country and the game. Your efforts in India last year stands out for me, they were every bit as instrumental as anyone's in England's success. A career to look back on with pride.

  • Vnott on December 22, 2013, 2:50 GMT

    Really sad to see Swann go . Shows how tough this series has been. Swann is a proud individual and all the talk around him not delivering and possibly being dropped must have accelerated his decision. He had 1-2 years left in him....

  • kasyapm on December 22, 2013, 2:47 GMT

    One of the best bowlers in recent times and a great personality. A self-less decision to allow other players to get an opportunity ahead of him. All the best Greame - from an Indian fan.

  • Ozcricketwriter on December 22, 2013, 2:45 GMT

    So England have forfeited the Ashes. The team may as well go home now, as they now have absolutely no chance. They need 2 spinners in Melbourne and Sydney and Swann had to play. I think most people will think that Swann is pretty weak by pulling out mid series, when his team needs him.

  • Biggus on December 22, 2013, 2:42 GMT

    A little surprised it's come mid series, but it was on the cards soon anyway. It's been obvious he hasn't been enjoying his cricket down here. Good luck for him in the future.

  • on December 22, 2013, 2:42 GMT

    Retired from first class cricket. So heĀ“ll still be available to play for England?

  • on December 22, 2013, 2:41 GMT

    I am shocked by Swann retirement, he has been an amazing player for England anyone who has watched England since the dark days of the 90's will know one position that was a always a problem was a world class spinner. Swann solved that problem for the last five years and allowed England to become all be it briefly the best side in the world.

    Thank You for the memories Swanny, not the way I wanted to see you go out

  • on December 22, 2013, 2:39 GMT

    As a kid I was always told to finish what you started. With the danger of losing the series 5-0 and playing on the spin friendly MCG and SCG, I would have thought Swann would have had heaps of incentive to finish this tour for his team and himself. There is a lot of face yet to be saved for English cricket. I imagine the English squad will support Swann 100% in public, but i am sure there will be disappointment and anger behind closed doors, particularly following the loss of Trott as well. Cook is losing some of his most trusted senior players quickly. But this is sports these days isn't it - players, managers and coaches come and go mid season all the time. I guess this is also a chance for Monty to step up and prove himself. Life goes on.

  • on December 22, 2013, 2:39 GMT

    great exponent of conventional Off spin bowling. Kept the art of bowling very simple did not possess a doosra or other delivery still managed to succeed

  • on December 22, 2013, 2:39 GMT

    That's not fair.this is a cricket up and down coming in the game.but you haven't do this action.

  • on December 22, 2013, 2:37 GMT

    It's fair to say ENG rise began at the same time GS entered the team! He played cricket intelligently and if you look at the close battles ENG won during the last 5 years, Swann would have had an impact with his batting too! Well done superb career!

  • on December 22, 2013, 2:37 GMT

    I think it's wrong time for him to get retire from international cricket. He is a very good all rounder and he can bat when it is required by him. He is a match winner bowler and he has won many games for his country. I think he can play 5 or 6 years further easily. I am very sad to know about his retirement. Anyways best of luck to Swann for his future.

  • on December 22, 2013, 2:36 GMT

    This ashes makes English side young!

  • Aashiq.kb on December 22, 2013, 2:33 GMT

    It's a shocking news to say the least!! I honestly feel that Swann have got at least 2 years of cricket left in him. Would have loved to see him bowling against the new brigade of Indian batsmen next summer. I think the Ashes loss has taken its toll on Swann & also the rest of the English team! Seems Jimmy Anderson & KP are next on the cards! That would be a disaster for this talented English side!! Hope the ECB would bring someone like Sandy Gordan to help the mentally bruised English team. I hope Swann would revoke his decision soon!

  • on December 22, 2013, 2:32 GMT

    Oh no !!!! It is out of the blue !!!

  • Rajah_skn on December 22, 2013, 2:32 GMT

    "If I carried on playing just to try to beat individual records, I'd have become the kind of player I have always hated." - Not a good statement at this time, because indivdual who chase for record doing far more better. You are failed. Just leave. Go home and enjoy.

  • AnanRam on December 22, 2013, 2:32 GMT

    The English are falling by the heaps. When Ponting's great Australian team lost in England in 2005, the seniors stayed on for one more Ashes, and finished off in style with a 5-0 drubbing in the return series. Where is your fight, England?

    Wish Swann well anyways.

  • on December 22, 2013, 2:30 GMT

    Shocking... My Goodness.. One of the Champions of Modern Game Retired!! Any way its his Decision & Thanks for your Fabulous Memories..

  • Slysta on December 22, 2013, 2:29 GMT

    Goodbye and good luck, Graeme Swann. I'm an Australian, but I love the way you played the game: orthodox skills, executed superbly, with courage, commitment, and (importantly in the modern game) unfailing humour. We Aussies first saw you in Cardiff in 2009, and we all scoffed as Australia piled up 6-674... but there were wraps on you even then, and it's safe to say you rammed those taunts back down our throats in the 14 Ashes Tests that followed, with three series victories being fitting reward. I wish you all the best for the future.

  • Siva_Bala75 on December 22, 2013, 2:28 GMT

    There are a couple of IPL teams that need a good spinner. Surely Delhi Daredevils can pick him up.

  • thePakistanian on December 22, 2013, 2:28 GMT

    Oh God! What? What's going on England... This is just ridicules level of panic! I know ASHED is important to us, but don't make such quick judgements... It's just 3 tests... U can believe & win next 3!!!

    This isn't what I wanted from this England team... talk about LEGACY!!!

  • on December 22, 2013, 2:26 GMT

    A great player has retired. He will end up being under-rated by posterity for no fault of his except that he didn't hand around long enough to break the kind of records that will keep people reminding of him.

  • Harry-S on December 22, 2013, 2:26 GMT

    Jumped before he was pushed, IMO. Anyway, in retiring now he has protected his sub-30 bowling average. Been a great bowler over the years but has clearly run out of motivation and ideas and is not able to pose any danger to quality right-handed batsmen. Also makes few contributions with the bat these days. Good-humored chap, and wish him a happy retirement.

  • BLTheraja on December 22, 2013, 2:26 GMT

    pity, the after effects of ashes are damn to bad. but i like him and his statement "If I carried on playing just to try to beat individual records, I'd have become the kind of player I have always hated." many others need to follow

  • IAMGOD on December 22, 2013, 2:26 GMT

    As an Indian fan, I hated Swann - for his spunk & pluck. But this decision of his, to retire midway during Ashes for the reasons he cites has increased my admiration for him. He could've carried on - but I think England needs a replacement for '15 - and this is the right time to start grooming.

    World Cricket would miss somebody who talks funny & straight (Remember his interesting & forthright comments after the tense draws against SA in '09 !) All the Best..

    Credit to Lehman & Aussies for hastening his decision with their focused & planned aggression towards him..

  • on December 22, 2013, 2:25 GMT

    Well done Graeme...what a fantastic career...will miss you...Indian fan

  • on December 22, 2013, 2:25 GMT

    This tour will be the end of even more careers before they board that plane back to England. Certainly it has set English cricket back by 20 years easy. The era has ended. Flower and co. certainly cannot remain in control after a tour like this. They must be a total shedding of old cricketing skin.

  • henchart on December 22, 2013, 2:23 GMT

    "If I carried on playing just to try to beat individual records, I'd have become the kind of player I have always hated."-Swann is hinting at the great one who was given a warm send off against WI recently.

  • on December 22, 2013, 2:23 GMT

    It's a very big decision made by Graeme Swann, but he should have played the remaining two matches. but anyhow , England and every cricket fan would miss him for long time.

  • on December 22, 2013, 2:15 GMT

    very sad

  • spinkingKK on December 22, 2013, 2:15 GMT

    Swan was a very good spin bowler for England. But, I believe it is very good for England that he has retired. Now, they can play Panesar, who is a better spinner any day, without feeling guilty of not selecting Swan. This will improve England's chances in Melbourne and Sydney.

  • sheru-sher on December 22, 2013, 2:12 GMT

    Swann flies to IPL. IPL continues to absorb good players while in their prime . What this means is that test teams will always have to be building and the standard will fall.

  • tanstell87 on December 22, 2013, 2:11 GMT

    Indian fan here...Graeme you could have easily played 2 or 3 years more...why retiring?? anyways great bowler...batsman getting bowled to his old style classical off spin bowling....atleast now hopefully the Indian fans will get to see him in the IPL...well done Graeme Swann...best wishes for the future !

  • on December 22, 2013, 2:10 GMT

    this ashes has spoiled English careers... first trott and now swann... trust me, KP and Prior may follow as well

  • on December 22, 2013, 2:10 GMT

    it's quit a shocking news that he is leaving in the middle of the series by the way we all know that you are the best spinner we ever seen in England side...

  • on December 22, 2013, 2:10 GMT

    Good timing Swanny...in the form you're currently in, your next Test Match would have definitely pushed your Test Match bowling average over 30.....nevertheless, an astonishing Test record for a guy who can only bowl off-spin.

  • lilyblackcapsfan on December 22, 2013, 2:09 GMT

    Graeme has been such a significant player for England, and I wish him all the best for his future! What a great man.

  • yoongguns on December 22, 2013, 2:08 GMT

    I have always been big fan of Swann. I like the way he competed and proved himself all over the world. This is the first time i have ever support AUS after broad (not walking after dismissal) incident from last ASHES and missed out to cheer Swann :( .. Really not happy seeing him leaving the international cricket. so sad for me and many fans around the glob. Here i am wishing him all the very best for future. now ball is in court Monty. Please do not pee on engand's hope :)

  • on December 22, 2013, 2:08 GMT

    This is Swann's retirement over. I can't say I blame him. As an Aussie fan, I love the way Swann has played the game. One of my favourites. Always in the mix.

    76.1 Swann to Watson, FOUR, tossed up and hammered down the ground, easily beating the man at long-on to the rope 76.2 Swann to Watson, SIX, more punishment, this time Watson smokes Swann back over his head and straight into the crowd 76.3 Swann to Watson, no run, flatter, on the stumps and defended 76.4 Swann to Watson, SIX, another maximum, into the stands at wide long-on, he came out to the pitch and blootered the ball way back over the fence 76.5 Swann to Watson, no run, pushed through on the stumps, pushed back down the track 76.6 Swann to Watson, SIX, floated up, Watson is on the rampage and this goes many a mile over wide long-on again. This is like watching a man kicking a kitten End of over 77 (22 runs) Australia 295/3

  • on December 22, 2013, 2:05 GMT

    I will miss Graham. He and only he can decide when to go. Maybe Monte will get more chances or even give Lancashire's Kerrigan a chance to blossom. I wish Graham well and hope that he enjoys his retirement.

  • on December 22, 2013, 2:04 GMT

    Kindly post the views of this diehard English fan..

  • on December 22, 2013, 2:02 GMT

    I wonder if KP, Prior, Bell, Anderson, and Prior (yes withdrawn) are next to call it quit.. Thank You Ashes for living up to your name.. Hopefully souls of names named above will stay in the Urn until the next Ashes.

  • CricketAlliance on December 22, 2013, 2:02 GMT

    Wow big loss to English cricket. Great job Swann.

  • Aane_do on December 22, 2013, 2:00 GMT

    world of cricket will miss a spirited cricket i wish all the best to swan

  • heavy_cav_1066 on December 22, 2013, 1:59 GMT

    undoubtedly one of the great orthodox offspinners. a master of flight and loop, skills which are seen less and less often with the rise of t20 cricket and with everyone bowling the doosra or the carrom ball. surely graeme could have continued playing well for another couple of years, but it's his decision. thanks for all the memories of wickets taken in the first over of a spell.. adios!

  • aks1987 on December 22, 2013, 1:59 GMT

    With Trott gone and now Swann. Who is next in line?

  • Lakpj on December 22, 2013, 1:58 GMT

    wow this could be a surprise for many. but i think he should have played the remaining 2 tests and retired after the series. this is a huge blow to a team that is already getting hammered in Australia. Swann is a good bowler and most importantly a humble gentleman who played the game in good spirit.

  • on December 22, 2013, 1:57 GMT

    Thank you Graeme for all the wonderful memories! You were one of the smartest cricketers to play the game. Loved watching you at work! You made the game look more like a game of Chess and that was a fascinating thing to behold.

    Speaking about retirements, I understand the sentiment of not blocking the path of another deserving candidate, but really these early retirements - 34 is no age for a spinner to retire- seem to be players jumping way too early. Isn't there a beauty when a ageing legend fights his critics with a 100 like Steve Waugh in Sydney 2002? Sachin's fight back in 2006-07 to show us some of his best knocks from 2007-2011 :) The game needs that too!

  • 777aditya on December 22, 2013, 1:57 GMT

    I always thought of Graeme Swann as a loud mouth, but after this - RESPECT! Sad way to end a good career though. Wily spinner and a fighting batsman - full of gumption with a die hard attitude - aila! England's best spinner after Monty Panesar :)

  • on December 22, 2013, 1:57 GMT

    Congratulations on a complete career Swanny!! You'll be missed a lot and all the best in future. a timely retirement I'd say :)

  • aus_trad on December 22, 2013, 1:55 GMT

    It's starting to remind me of that Bill Bailey line (referring to his own appearance): "Hello, I'm Aled Jones...It's all gone wrong for me..." Well, it's all gone wrong for England on this tour. I will have to ask for a little indulgence here: this latest news has an old Aus supporter up and dancing. I'm not referring to this tour, in which Swann has been completely neutralised. I'm talking about 2015. I might be wrong, but my strong suspicion is that whoever England pick as their main spinner in 18 months time (whether dear old Monty, Kerrigan, or someone else) will not do as well as Swann would have done had he kept on wheeling in for one more Ashes series. One of our most feared adversaries won't even be there!

  • Just_love_it on December 22, 2013, 1:55 GMT

    Sad end , could have been better timing may be after playing full series ,anyway now let's see If Monty can grab his spot . I think swann , prior , kp will be soon playing full season of IPL .

  • zenboomerang on December 22, 2013, 1:54 GMT

    Gob smacked is the 1st thing I felt - driving home listening to the radio I heard the announcement, didn't believe it & checked 3 websites to confirm - & while its Swanny's call, I wish he played out the last 2 matches as I feel the MCG & SCG would probably have been more favourable to his bowling, plus winning a toss or 2 would also have helped.

    Swan is also one of the better fielders & has taken some excellent catches in recent times while his batting has always been an added bonus for the team. I just don't see Monty as a equal replacement. Yes Monty's bowling is good at times but he doesn't bring much else to the team - sorry mate.

  • on December 22, 2013, 1:54 GMT

    That's the right thing to do. The rest of the golden oldies should follow suit. They should know to retire grace fully when they are at the top. It's not as if they need the money. Hope you kno

  • on December 22, 2013, 1:53 GMT

    A brilliant off-spinner and a role model for upcoming offies. Best of luck for his future.

  • Ronita on December 22, 2013, 1:50 GMT

    Sad day for England. He didn't say anything about his friend Monty! Anyways I like swann's bowling. Somebody should stop him from retiring. His bowling is far better than any other current England spinner. Hope you comeback Swann.

  • on December 22, 2013, 1:48 GMT

    very attacking bowler who remember for indians for his bowling

  • on December 22, 2013, 1:48 GMT

    Interesting... I wonder if this is just some emotional decision that will soon be retracted? Huh...

  • baba6660 on December 22, 2013, 1:46 GMT

    I think Indian viewers and especially the press must note the happenings in English Cricket carefully. We make a very big issue about how, why & when cricketers should retire. But it's ultimately the player to decide and if one decides that he isn't enjoying it anymore and takes a call to retire or declare himself unavailable, its upto the team management and the rest of us to respect that decision and move on.

  • on December 22, 2013, 1:44 GMT

    Seven wickets at 80 so far in the series. One has to wonder if this is a case of jumping before being pushed. Swan has been a thorn in the side of Australia in the past and for that reason, I'm not unhappy to him go but the timing is odd.

  • Broken_F-ing_Arm on December 22, 2013, 1:43 GMT

    Wow.who saw that coming, this really looks like the start of a long rebuilding phase for England looks llike India, south Africa and Australia will rule the world for a couple of yrs before Australia resumes another decade of domination. No complaints

  • on December 22, 2013, 1:42 GMT

    after dravid and laxman... third person to retire after australis series.....

  • on December 22, 2013, 1:42 GMT

    So Shocking and sad News he is a legendary cricketer and one of the best off spinner. to me he should have continued till the end of ashes at least. any way a good farewell is deserved by him and he should be remembered by all of us cricket fan for his achievements.

  • HaveALookatThat on December 22, 2013, 1:39 GMT

    That's a shame. Wonder if he was planning to retire after the Ashes, expecting England to win, as the pre-series favourites. How long will it take for England to find another quality spinner!

  • couchpundit on December 22, 2013, 1:37 GMT

    What do they call men who leave their team halfway...when they realize his team is not winning anymore?

  • on December 22, 2013, 1:36 GMT

    The last setence sounds very interesting. Great Spinner nevertheless, Don't like to see him go this way, but all the best!

  • Out_Swinger on December 22, 2013, 1:35 GMT

    Ashes loss claims it's 2nd casualty. There are some more English players in the line of fire. Good luck Graeme Swann.

  • on December 22, 2013, 1:35 GMT

    Enjoy the holidays at home.

  • on December 22, 2013, 1:34 GMT

    A great example to know how looks are deceptive. I used to think of Swann as a conceited person but he has come across as a gem. Absolute gem. When he realised he was not good enough at that level he quit. Extremely rare. Hats off. BTW you were the best spinner for a while.

  • blink182alex on December 22, 2013, 1:34 GMT

    wow, huge surprise. Big blow for England, they've lost their best spinner in all 3 forms by a mile. If you look at his 2013 stats they are pretty decent for a finger spinner, it's just that we've played him exceptionally well this series. But not many spinner come to Aus and do well, so there's no shame in that.

    This is another boost for Aus as we draw closer to 5-0. First Trott, now Swann, two key players out of what was a stable side. Panesar i'm afraid won't do very well. He had excellent results in India where the wickets suited his quick spinners, but in NZ & Aus he has struggled and will continue to do so in Mel & Syd. Tredwell no threat in limited overs matches either. Kerrigan is worse than Doherty and that is saying something.

  • on December 22, 2013, 1:32 GMT

    Quite a shocker, this! I've thouroughly enjoyed watching Swanny bowl, and I wish him all the best for his future.

  • on December 22, 2013, 1:31 GMT

    Good luck for the rest of your life. Best spinner of his time, never afraid to flight the ball, never over reliant on doosra / tisra / choutha.

  • riverbaby11 on December 22, 2013, 1:30 GMT

    Lost all respect for Swann , he basically lost interest mid series and chose the easy way out

  • on December 22, 2013, 1:30 GMT

    Absolutely shocked by this and quite upset! Swanny was my favourite! I guess looking at positives, there's the potential to try out a few young spinners. I'd like to see Kerrigan back personally.

  • SyedAreYouDumb on December 22, 2013, 1:28 GMT

    He should have stayed on and got that record, he is a quality spinner and has retired at an age which you would not expect. Really sad that he has and surprising as well... I suspect there has been a comment made about him that made him come to this decision! Good luck Swann!

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on December 22, 2013, 1:26 GMT

    This is surprising. A decent spinner who tried his best. All the best for your future plans and have a nice time with your family. Hope to see you in IPL.

  • on December 22, 2013, 1:25 GMT

    Not the most appropriate way to end such a career !!! You have our RESPECT , Sir

  • page8383 on December 22, 2013, 1:25 GMT

    Great career Swanny well done. Was the best spinner on the planet for a while. Bit of a shame he has left his mates in it mid series though.

  • on December 22, 2013, 1:25 GMT

    What a great spinner, shocked to see this. Hopefully he will be back.

  • on December 22, 2013, 1:25 GMT

    That escalated quickly. Really did.

  • on December 22, 2013, 1:24 GMT

    shocking news for english cricket... if pieterson would have retired it would not have been a surprise but this is definately a shock.

  • raveekoomar on December 22, 2013, 1:23 GMT

    We will miss you Swann. Most humble cricketer i have seen after Rahul Dravid. Of course we will cherish your contribution too. Cheerios!!!

  • TheScot on December 22, 2013, 1:23 GMT

    What? Retire! Its been just one really bad series, which is part of a professional career. The fact is, there is no other quality spinner in the English domestic circuit and Swann must have taken part in rebuilding of the side.

  • on December 22, 2013, 1:22 GMT

    Hi swann, losing one ashes is not the end of the world. U have won 3 ashes. U are a great player in all 3 forms of the game.. Pls do not retire..

  • on December 22, 2013, 1:22 GMT

    for anyone who doesn't think AUS victories over ENG have been that big or that special nood only look at the psych of ENG, first trott and now Swan. AUS domination has shortend this blokes career by a good 2-4 years

  • on December 22, 2013, 1:22 GMT

    Good luck Mr Swann. All the best with future endeavors! Now Mr Panesar will get his rightful place in the Test lineup for England where he should have always been.

  • NeerajDabbu on December 22, 2013, 1:21 GMT

    The ashes is turning uglier for England day by day. In the middle of the tour, with a team much in need of some inspiration and boost, these things are taking the team to even lower level. Bad timing to announce this. Having said that, Swann had a very good career and he troubled batsmen everywhere in his short international career. It was fun watching him at times, specially after the retirements of three spinning greats. All the best for future.

  • AndrewFromOz on December 22, 2013, 1:21 GMT

    Have to say I didn't see this coming. Interesting quote: "If I carried on playing just to try to beat individual records, I'd have become the kind of player I have always hated." Could this be applicable to a certain number 4 batsman of uncertain team spirit?

  • Blokker on December 22, 2013, 1:21 GMT

    Farewell Swannie, one of the great spinners and a character to boot. A thorn in the Aussies' side for many years. I'd wager we'll see him in the commentary box.

  • righthandbat on December 22, 2013, 1:21 GMT

    A very good player -- and congrats to him for an excellent career.

  • gop_cricket on December 22, 2013, 1:20 GMT

    Man who else, this Ashes will account for. First Trot now Swan what is going on? I think this ashes is going to ruin many more careers in next two tests. But to retrospect Swan's career how amazing was his to come to limelight. His growth as international cricketer was phenomenal, If every one remember except in current series he has been a wicket taking bowler in his first spell all along in almost all circumstances. One of the major pillars in England's Ashes success for last 4 ashes and in India,the list goes on, is it not? But Swan this is one off series where you have not done that well..! and still you have a lot left in you mate,by going back to basics you may come back very strong is what I and many around the world think. But this is your personal decision. But there must be a huge appeal from world cricket fans to him to reconsider his decision because at this time we may be deprived of good cricketer who certainly has a potential to become great. Good luck Swan.

  • vipravara on December 22, 2013, 1:20 GMT

    What a gesture! Surprised and disappointed a bit with his decision to retire, as he certainly has a few more years to offer. A true warrior, who battled with intensity and pride. Seems really felt hurt after the loss of ashes to Aussies, with no significant contribution from him. But what a gentleman way to bow out! 'Time fro some one to buckle in and enjoy'. Hats off, Swann. Yes, absolutely, you do have some sweet and fabulous memories of cricket for yourself to look over. May your post retired life be successful too and still enjoy the game from outlines. - A cricket lover from India.

  • on December 22, 2013, 1:19 GMT

    what? It's just a bad series. He didn't have to retire like that. He is a good bowler. One can't just keep getting wickets like he did in England. He could have surelt made up for his downfall in probably the next series.

  • on December 22, 2013, 1:17 GMT

    shocking but acceptable .Deserves Respect

  • RAYKAY on December 22, 2013, 1:17 GMT

    Well done Mr Swann you have served your country well, so sad to see you leave, i wish others could emulate you, i think you would admired for speaking out boldly "i would like to be the centre of attention- but for the right reason by winning games of cricket". You have set the best example, your team is in turmoil at present, you would be replaced lets hope by the next best who could build England and get success again.

  • canterbury1990 on December 22, 2013, 1:13 GMT

    I am so sad to read this. I hope Swanny walks away happy with all he has achieved and knowing that he has brought many happy moments for England cricket fans over the years. Will miss him a lot.....

  • kepler22b on December 22, 2013, 1:11 GMT

    This tour is a disaster on so many levels for England. They have been comprehensively smashed, two stalwarts are gone, Prior (if he plays again) will be playing for his immediate if not long term place in the team, Cook is shattered, Anderson looks incredibly jaded, Broad will be playing under an injury cloud - it can't get much worse.

    The good news is that Carberry, Root and Stokes have each shown something and Melbourne and Sydney conditions are likely to suit the English better.

  • on December 22, 2013, 1:10 GMT

    the England offspinner, has retired from all international cricket and first-class cricket with immediate effect.

  • BnH1985Fan on December 22, 2013, 1:10 GMT

    A GREAT competitor -- sorry to see him go this way -- wish he would reconsider. The game is still greater than the players. Help England till you can ..

  • on December 22, 2013, 1:09 GMT

    taking retirement middle of ashes, i can,t support that. wld love to see him taking his retirement after completing the adhes. underwood still on the high though.but none wld forget swann,s contribution against india in recent past. what a performance that was! he cld continue his game for at least another couple years. a good charectar. a tough one. but again thebeayvhe has taken his retirement in the middle of ashes without offering an option for mr.cook,has clouded his past deeds. i say it was not that very sporting from mr.swann.

  • yuvi_gladiator on December 22, 2013, 1:09 GMT

    hate to say this but another England player giving up under pressure. he should have finished the series, this is going to be disheartening for the dressing room

  • on December 22, 2013, 1:08 GMT

    Anyway a great spinner in English Cricket and played a vital role beating Aussies in the ashes. Aussie tactics have really worked this time and targeting Swann has been very successful - especially hammering sixes. Wish him and his family all the very best in their future endeavors.

  • on December 22, 2013, 1:07 GMT

    Should not he have retired after the Ashes series? Even though England lost the Ashes but they are still in the middle of the series. He should have stayed till the end. Anyways, I have always enjoyed his bowling and he had played significant role for the English team through out the years. Now, England must find a better replacement to take the position of Swann.

  • on December 22, 2013, 1:07 GMT

    swann you will be missed mate.....a big shocking news for me

  • BlueSky212 on December 22, 2013, 1:06 GMT

    It's a shocking news ... anyway miss you swanny Love from india.Good luck for your future life.

  • on December 22, 2013, 1:04 GMT

    Good luck to him for taking such a brave step. Many a great players have lingered more than they should have and few have left at the right time.

  • on December 22, 2013, 1:04 GMT

    Strange, something really has happened behind the scenes. This is not a way one would like to end his career.

  • Abhimanyu1979 on December 22, 2013, 1:03 GMT

    Very sad news. Being an Indian i always admired bowling of swanny. May be not many realized but for me u r right up there as a true spinner who dominated almost most of ur matches. Would miss another great cricketer. 2013 is really taking away the best of cricket away from game. Good luck swanny for ur future.

  • Pete_AU on December 22, 2013, 0:59 GMT

    This is a bit of a surprise. I thought at 34 Swann had quite a bit of cricket left in him, and notwithstanding a relatively (by his standards) poor series over here is still an excellent offie.

    Is he a victim of the England micromanagement system rather than too much cricket? I think most professionals would be able to play tests for months on end in the right team atmosphere, but if being managed to the nth degree takes the joy out of the game then letting it go is understandable.

    I would have liked to see him give it a few more years, even if he came to an arrangement to be able to go home now and have some time off. Clearly there is an issue with England management with Trott and now this mid series retirement.

  • schrilax on December 22, 2013, 0:59 GMT

    why ?? :( you were one of the best in the world. still had lot of cricket left in you. retiring from all cricket. wow !!

  • on December 22, 2013, 0:58 GMT

    Decision to retire is personal - fine. But, why mid-series? Will it not put a spanner in the plans of the coach & skipper? I feel more of frustration than anything else. He could have taken a break and come back to have a crack at Underwood's tally, which he had chances of breaching. Any way, Good luck

  • on December 22, 2013, 0:56 GMT

    really good spinner, his average would have been a lot better had he bowled in the 80s or 90s era, with his biggest highlight being beating India in India last year when he outbowled the home spinners.

  • Shan156 on December 22, 2013, 0:52 GMT

    oh Swanny, what have you done?

    There you go, the rigorous schedule of the ICC (approved and accepted by the ECB) has taken one more toll. England play more tests than any other country and that needs to stop soon. Next summer we play 5 tests against India. Why oh why? Is it not enough that we play 5 tests against the Aussies every 2 years? Somehow I thought this may be Swann's last series but thought he will hang on till the end of the series.

    Swann will be missed. He was off-color and well dealt with by the Aussies but that won't change the fact that he has been immense for England the last few years. Wish him a happy retirement and hopefully we will get to see him play in the IPL.

  • shafiqul1981 on December 22, 2013, 0:50 GMT

    I am trying to understand the game of cricket. Why can't we accept defeat, if its only a sports. I don't want to see player retired this way. Please someone needs to step up from ICC to prevent player to make this kind of decision. It's really sad for cricket.

  • on December 22, 2013, 0:47 GMT

    Crikey. Very unexpected. A player that we wish could be around for far longer. His skills and talent for making breakthroughs when needed will be hard to replace, not to mention a character in the dressing room that can't be replaced. Mr.Swann, thank you and good luck.

  • TheDoctor394 on December 22, 2013, 0:47 GMT

    Good on you, Graeme. All the best in your future...

  • on December 22, 2013, 0:46 GMT

    He was on his last legs anyway...

  • on December 22, 2013, 0:41 GMT

    Great thought swanny if it's your own decision!!!!! Good luck with your future.

  • on December 22, 2013, 0:40 GMT

    It is very sad to see u retiring at such a young age. 34 years is not all the age for retirement for a spinner. U r good in all 3 formats. One bad series does not make u a bad player at all. Pls come back..

  • Ozzz.z on December 22, 2013, 0:39 GMT

    No Way No Way I'm an Aussie and love the Aussie Team but love Swanny and his personality wow what a sad sad day for Cricket. Good luck Swanny.

  • on December 22, 2013, 0:38 GMT

    Great career despite lack of effect in current series. Methinks Trott and Swann will not be the only two England casualties. Not over yet. Watch this space.

  • on December 22, 2013, 0:37 GMT

    England's best offie since Laker, a handy lower-order biffer, an excellent slipper and one of the few characters left in our media-managed age. Cricket, and England in particular, are the poorer for his retirement. I hope he has a farewell season round the shires, so the locals can have a chance to show how much he will be missed.

  • prasanna on December 22, 2013, 0:35 GMT

    A shocking decision for cricket lovers, but we need to accept it, this is what great cricketers do, when their heart stays stop, they listen to it and move on without much regards for a perfect swansong, something like what Mike Hussey did last year exactly at the same time.

    A serious blow for England team, more than the Ashes loss, the departure of Trott midway and now Swann is going to make it a highly forgettable series for them. Hats off to Swann, you helped this English team to beat India in India last year and Cricket will be lesser without yet another quality spinner.

  • bleedingice on December 22, 2013, 0:32 GMT

    wow, im shocked, i have a feeling he will make a comeback at the next ashes, Good Luck Swanny

  • PhillieFanatic on December 22, 2013, 0:32 GMT

    Wow...This came out of nowhere. I would have thought he would retire at the end of the series rather than midway through. What a sudden end to a really great spin bowler. The Australians have targeted him hrd and I guess they would claim credit for knocking him out of the series the way he has been assaulted by the Australian batsmen. This news, on top of what happened with Jonathan Trott leaving the team and the hammering by the Australians in the first three tests, cannot be good for the morale of the remaining players. Can England recover to some degree of respectability in this tour? I think they can--there are several young players who look up for a fight, and perhaps all this adversity will tell us more about the younger players spirit and the prospects for future English teams.

    Sorry to see Swann go. Marvelous cricketer and a dogged competitor. I wish him well in whatever form of cricket he chooses to continue.

  • indiasucksgobd on December 22, 2013, 0:32 GMT

    Shocked by the suddenness of SWANN"s decision. Puts even more pressure on the shoulders of KP to perform or retire.anyway as a bowler he will be known as England's second best spinner after underwood, it will be absolutely impossible to replace him.

  • ShashidharHundi on December 22, 2013, 0:32 GMT

    Oh! Very sad to see him go. He is a very good spinner and looks like a premature decision in view of losing Ashes. Winning and losing are part of the game and these reasons shouldn't make u quit. He doesn't want to play test and county but not ruling out playing at IPL? Really ??? Really some thing is not right with him. 2nd Victim of this ashes loss. For sure he still ha lot of cricket in him.

  • on December 22, 2013, 0:29 GMT

    Exacellent news for india for next summer tour

  • on December 22, 2013, 0:29 GMT

    good luck swanny and thanks for some great entertainment

  • CrikiLeaks on December 22, 2013, 0:26 GMT

    I think Watson ruled out the possibility of him playing in the IPL :)

  • Street_Hawk on December 22, 2013, 0:26 GMT

    Great off-spinner, should have learned the doosra..all the best the Swanny...good luck..

  • on December 22, 2013, 0:26 GMT

    I think the Trott issue has had a resounding effect on the rest of the team.

    The sight of one of their comrades being crushed by the pressures from constant travelling, media attention, personal/public expectation and time away from family have taken their toll. It is no surprise the players who have performed poorly are those who have young children. No doubt Swann weighed up the two options: play on in two dead games and miss a Christmas with his son and family or call it a day and have his family life back.

    The Twitter comment issue probably compounded things; emphasising the lack of privacy sportsmen have and the scrutiny of their every movement and utterance. The sense of fun/pleasure seem to have gone from the England team; each player seems to be carrying a heavy burden, with serious expressions etched on their faces other than when Joe Root tries to hide his fear behind that smile. One cannot help but feel Trott and Swann are not going to be the only casualties of this tour

  • on December 22, 2013, 0:26 GMT

    I think its so early we want to see him in worldcup 2015. He is outstanding bowler.We will misss you graeme

  • on December 22, 2013, 0:25 GMT

    Wow. First Trott gone home worried, now Swann retired. Well done Aussies.

  • Badgerofdoom on December 22, 2013, 0:24 GMT

    Swann has been a great servant to English cricket but retiring mid series is letting down the rest of the team. I really wonder what is going on in the dressing room as Trotts departure followed by this suggests something is really wrong.

  • on December 22, 2013, 0:23 GMT

    Well for England players losing the Ashes has become emotional. First it was Trott, who was psychologically effected after the first test loss and departed for rehab. Now Swann has called in quits official after the series loss. Who is next? England will have to look at their strategy hard if they are to be in contention to win the next Ashes or any test matches for they play next. Good luck!

  • poms_have_short_memories on December 22, 2013, 0:23 GMT

    This is terrible news, even though I am an aussie. Sure, swann is having a very ordinary series, but I think he is still the best offie getting around. Hopefully this is short term silliness and he gets back to cricket asap, all the best swannie.

  • on December 22, 2013, 0:22 GMT

    Sad to see Swann go mid-Ashes, he was a true character and team man who was great to watch no matter what country you support. I guess that puts the spotlight on Monty for Melbourne and Sydney.

  • DevendraSudama on December 22, 2013, 0:22 GMT

    I just cannot believe this!!! Graeme Swann no longer playing for England???

  • on December 22, 2013, 0:20 GMT

    OOH Boy... that was pretty heavy... the last few sentences man.... i wish others were like that.. but like you said, you had a good 'ride', you will be dearly missed. Thanks for treating us with your talent. and good luck for the future. for what ever it is you will be respected for this gesture.

  • on December 22, 2013, 0:18 GMT

    That's really sad ,, one of the greatest spin bowler England have ever produced

  • on December 22, 2013, 0:18 GMT

    That escalated quickly. See you later Swann

  • kash2011 on December 22, 2013, 0:17 GMT

    what????its really shocking news...

  • on December 22, 2013, 0:16 GMT

    Well, I wasn't expecting that!

  • on December 22, 2013, 0:15 GMT

    Wow England cricket team is crumbling :)

  • on December 22, 2013, 0:14 GMT

    Sang the swan song without much ado! Very untypical of Graeme Swann. Wishing him all the best.

    Looking at guys like him, Warne, Kumble,and an earlier generation of a 4-some of great spinners from India (Bedi, Prasanna, Chandra & Venkat), wonder why cricket world did not generate a breed of world clas "Spinning Coaches" in the mould of Dennis Lillle! Obsession with "speed"? Like in many other spheres of life? I wonder!

  • on December 22, 2013, 0:13 GMT

    Graeme Swann is retiring OMG

    Looks like the Aussies got to him a bit too much

    Plus the fact that he is ageing and not even in the top 3 Spinners in world Cricket

    1. Saeed Ajmal 2. Sunil Narine 3. Sachin Senaneyake

  • chicko1983 on December 22, 2013, 0:12 GMT

    Another one bites the dust! I expect trott will make the same decision by the end of the series. Where is this great English depth, six months ago they had best test squad in the modern era, what now? Haha, whitewash incoming!

  • on December 22, 2013, 0:12 GMT

    I'll miss Swanny's bowling, was always good to watch and a character on/off the pitch. Not sure we will see too many more like him in this day and age. Could be an idiot at times but at least he wasn't dull I guess.

  • on December 22, 2013, 0:11 GMT

    Good. This is not a news to me.

  • on December 22, 2013, 0:11 GMT

    Shocking! Jumping ship mid series? At least Trott had a genuine reason. Real poor show in my opinion. There may be massive extenuating circumstances I'm not aware of but it looks terrible. I'm from same town and used to be proud. Not anymore. Good sportsmen deal with loss as well as victory

  • kensohatter on December 22, 2013, 0:10 GMT

    What? Is he serious... Surely in jest? England are going to spinning decks of Melb and Syd next. Hes a senior member of a struggling squad and his response is to retire mid tour?!? Wheres the fight England?

  • AlSmug on December 22, 2013, 0:10 GMT

    Thats fabulous news as an Aussie fan

  • gramedgar on December 22, 2013, 0:09 GMT

    Thanks Swanny, you lived the dream and it showed in your game.

  • on December 22, 2013, 0:07 GMT

    Ridiculous! Graeme, keep playing!

  • on December 22, 2013, 0:06 GMT

    Swann has been great in England, Unfortunately Australia hasnt been kind to him, with a poor record to show for it.

  • Greatest_Game on December 22, 2013, 0:05 GMT

    It is always disappointing to see really competitive players hang up their boots. The England dressing room must be in greater disarray than was apparent if he is bowing out so abruptly, in mid tour. I suspect he will not be the only casualty of this Ashes.

  • on December 22, 2013, 0:05 GMT

    His performance post his elbow surgery was definately below par but it was only a matter of time before he would have back at his best. Great loss for the game. Wish him all the best!

  • german1 on December 22, 2013, 0:05 GMT

    Would love to see some of the West Indian players do the same. They are not man enough

  • Rakesh_Sharma on December 22, 2013, 0:04 GMT

    Unbelievable that so many cricketers from England,Australia and NZ historically retire effortlessly from international cricket even when they are on top. Why dont these cricketers take a leaf from top Indian cricketers who never retire unless dropped. It is because in India Cricket pays so much and so much fan population ( probably 90% of cricket fans of world cricket) that nothing else can demotivate them to leave it. It is not the case in Australia ,England,NZ where other sports rule and cricket is probably number 3 or 4 sport.

  • TeamSelector on December 22, 2013, 0:04 GMT

    Well, it's about time. This has been long overdue. I'm glad the England camp has finally realized his uselessness. A very poor excuse for a so called 'spinner'. Maybe now in his free time, he can go & get some lessons from Saeed Ajmal ...

  • vaidy on December 22, 2013, 0:02 GMT

    I feel sorry for Swanny. However, is it the beginning of a more ferocious Australian team - they have scalped 2 this series - Trott and Swann and perhaps a few more at the end of the series. Bad series always results in people taking stock and walking away from the game (except of course if you are playing for India!!).

    Good luck Swann and hope to see you on the commentary box.

  • RVC-38 on December 22, 2013, 0:01 GMT

    If anything IMO it can only help Englands recovery from this debacle, when the Greats of Indian cricket last toured Australia it bought around the retirements of half there batting lineup. and they have just had their best two innings outside of India for years. now maybe England can start preparing natural pitches to help their talent pool.

  • on December 22, 2013, 0:01 GMT

    If this is true then that is a shame for the series and cricket but Swanny has nothing more to prove. Best of luck from one Aussie fan who enjoyed our battles with you mate. A hard but very fair cricketer.

  • on December 22, 2013, 0:01 GMT

    shocking is the least i could say ...

  • on December 22, 2013, 0:01 GMT

    This is a disaster. Cricket has its up's and downs but Swann had at least 2 more years left in him to play tests. We will miss the best English spinner of recent times.

  • KiwiPom on December 21, 2013, 23:59 GMT

    Have a look at his test bowling average. There's a huge clue there

  • on December 21, 2013, 23:59 GMT

    maybe he was suffering from stress issue too , honestly they have alot of issues and iam sure it has something to do with this too

  • on December 21, 2013, 23:57 GMT

    First Trott and now Swann.. The casualty list of this disastrous over confident defence of the Ashes by the English Cricket Team is growing big

  • Frayninho21 on December 21, 2013, 23:55 GMT

    No surprise really. Retiring now will also ensure his test career bowling average remains under 30 !

  • on December 21, 2013, 23:52 GMT

    2 down for England. Happens every time they lose an ashes badly.

  • on December 21, 2013, 23:52 GMT

    2 down for England. Happens every time they lose an ashes badly.

  • Frayninho21 on December 21, 2013, 23:55 GMT

    No surprise really. Retiring now will also ensure his test career bowling average remains under 30 !

  • on December 21, 2013, 23:57 GMT

    First Trott and now Swann.. The casualty list of this disastrous over confident defence of the Ashes by the English Cricket Team is growing big

  • on December 21, 2013, 23:59 GMT

    maybe he was suffering from stress issue too , honestly they have alot of issues and iam sure it has something to do with this too

  • KiwiPom on December 21, 2013, 23:59 GMT

    Have a look at his test bowling average. There's a huge clue there

  • on December 22, 2013, 0:01 GMT

    This is a disaster. Cricket has its up's and downs but Swann had at least 2 more years left in him to play tests. We will miss the best English spinner of recent times.

  • on December 22, 2013, 0:01 GMT

    shocking is the least i could say ...

  • on December 22, 2013, 0:01 GMT

    If this is true then that is a shame for the series and cricket but Swanny has nothing more to prove. Best of luck from one Aussie fan who enjoyed our battles with you mate. A hard but very fair cricketer.

  • RVC-38 on December 22, 2013, 0:01 GMT

    If anything IMO it can only help Englands recovery from this debacle, when the Greats of Indian cricket last toured Australia it bought around the retirements of half there batting lineup. and they have just had their best two innings outside of India for years. now maybe England can start preparing natural pitches to help their talent pool.

  • vaidy on December 22, 2013, 0:02 GMT

    I feel sorry for Swanny. However, is it the beginning of a more ferocious Australian team - they have scalped 2 this series - Trott and Swann and perhaps a few more at the end of the series. Bad series always results in people taking stock and walking away from the game (except of course if you are playing for India!!).

    Good luck Swann and hope to see you on the commentary box.