In an unprecedented move, Graeme Swann has announced his retirement from international and first-class cricket during the Ashes series in Australia and with two more games still to be played in the series.
Swann has never been one to avoid the limelight and his retirement announcement in his newpaper column is no exception. Even he agrees that his form and that of some the England senior players has not been as good as it might have been on this tour.
Swann took 255 Test wickets and is ranked sixth in the all time England Test bowlers table.
His retirement means he will be not be in Melbourne for the fourth Test and although Monty Panesar will fill his place there, the England team will have a new shape to it from now on.
"I know I'm making the decision for the right reasons," Swann said. "My body doesn't like playing five-day cricket any more, and I don't feel I can justify my spot in the team in the latter stages of a game - and as a spinner, that's when you need to come into your own.
"With two games to go in Australia and then a fiercely competitive summer against Sri Lanka and India I feel that it is a great time for someone else to strap themselves in and hopefully enjoy the ride as much as I have," he added.
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