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Graeme Swann

Batting style:
Right Handed bat
Bowling style:
Off break
Played for:
England, England A, England XI, MCC, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, England Under-19, Sachin's Blasters
Roles played:
Ex Skipper-T20 | Bowler
Home country:
March 24, 1979, Northampton


Following his Test debut in 2008, Graeme Swann's rise to the pinnacle of spin bowling has been mercurial. Despite not being the biggest turner of the ball, his ability to loop and drift it made the now-retired Swann a difficult bowler to tackle.

The right-arm off-break bowler got his first taste of England action back during the turn of the millennium on tour to South Africa. An economical spell wasn't enough to earn a recall. During his 7-year long England hiatus, Swann impressed with both bat and ball for his county Nottinghamshire. His tally of 516 runs and 45 wickets in 2007 was finally deemed too good to overlook for an ODI return. 'Chin' as he is fondly nicknamed, won his maiden Test cap against India in 2008. He was summoned to bowl in tandem with ex-county team-mate Monty Panesar on a batsman-friendly Chennai surface and took four wickets over two innings in a comfortable Indian victory. With Panesar’s slow decline, Swann's performance simultaneously improved and in subsequent ODIs and T20Is against the likes of New Zealand, India and West Indies, he combined wickets with good economy to merit a call-up for the 2009 Ashes. His heroics in the series with both bat and ball became integral in England's 2-1 win.

During the ICC World T20 event in 2010, Swann was the stand-out bowler for England, helping his country take home its first-ever ICC trophy. Later, in 2011, the off-spinner was handed England's T20 captaincy for their series against the West Indies, after the then captain Stuart Broad's niggling shoulder injury sidelined him for quite a while. He contributed heavily with a handy tally of wickets against India in England's historic tour of 2012 which they won 2-1. An elbow surgery early in 2013 kept Swann out of action for a while but he came back with strong numbers in England's 3-0 Ashes win at home.

A body prone to injury and a return Ashes that saw a dip in Swann's bowling form and England's losing the urn in the third Test in Perth, prompted the ace spinner to hang his boots from all forms of cricket. Swann stated that he was pretty satisfied with his career and confessed that he should have retired after the Poms won the Ashes earlier in the year. Since the series was lost mid-way, Swann sprung up a surprise retirement to allow other spinners to try and fill his boots.

Fast Facts

  • Graeme Swann was the first English spinner to take 50 wickets in a calendar year.


  Matches Innings Runs NO Avg. SR 100's 50's HS
Test 60 76 1370 14 22.09 76.49 0 5 85
ODI 79 48 500 12 13.88 90.41 0 0 34
T20 39 16 104 11 20.80 116.85 0 0 34
  Matches Innings Balls Runs Wickets BBI BBM Avg. Econ. 4w 5w 10w Extras
Test 60 109 15349 7642 255 6/65 / 29.96 2.98 14 17 3 1
ODI 79 76 3809 2888 104 5/28 / 27.76 4.54 3 1 0 29
T20 39 38 810 859 51 3/13 / 16.84 6.36 0 0 0 17
  Catches Stumpings Runouts
Test 54 0 1
ODI 29 0 5
T20 5 0 0
  Matches Won Lost Tie No Result Win percentage
T20 3 2 1 0 0 66.67


England Vs India at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai - Dec 11, 2008
Last played:
England Vs Australia at W.A.C.A. Ground, Perth - Dec 13, 2013
England Vs South Africa at Goodyear Park (Springbok), Bloemfontein - Jan 23, 2000
Last played:
England Vs Sri Lanka at The Oval, London - Jun 13, 2013
England Vs New Zealand at Eden Park, Auckland - Feb 05, 2008
Last played:
England Vs Sri Lanka at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Kandy - Oct 01, 2012