Retiring Graeme Swann departs with team-mate 'swipe'

Graeme Swann has tried to distance himself from a Telegraph report which alleged he had made a "barely disguised swipe" at English cricketers. The Nottinghamshire County player retired from England's cricket team before the end of their Ashes tour.

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Swann blasts 'low forms of journalism' over gran quotes

Recently-retired England spinner Graeme Swann has attacked "some low forms of journalism" for "preying" on his 90-year-old grandmother.

Mina Swann's comments to Newcastle's Journal newspaper were widely quoted in the English and Australian media.

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Pietersen distances himself from Swann's comments

England batsman Kevin Pietersen talks to the media on Tuesday. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire/Press Association Images

England batsman Kevin Pietersen refused to be drawn into the Graeme Swann story on Tuesday and distanced himself from speculation suggesting the retired bowler's team-mate remarks were referring to him.

"I'm not giving any energy to what happened yesterday," he said at a press conference ahead of the fourth Ashes Test in Melbourne.

"The only energy that I've got on this tour left in me is for Melbourne on the 26th, training today, training tomorrow and Sydney.

"My interest levels in yesterday are less than zero."


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Michael Vaughan replies to Graeme Swann's swipe

Former England captain Michael Vaughan said he agrees with former team mate Graeme Swann that "some players are getting ahead of themselves", but inferred the timing of his comments was a mistake.

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Swann: 'Making stuff up sells papers I suppose'

Graeme Swann has attempted to distance himself from a report in The Telegraph which alleged the retiring cricketer had made a "barely disguised swipe" at his fellow English cricketers.

Swann took aim at the journalist who wrote the story, saying "making stuff up sells papers I suppose".

Newell: Swann will be missed by Notts and England

Graeme Swann will be missed by both Nottinghamshire and England, according to the county's Director of Cricket, Mick Newell.

The spinner announced his retirement from all forms of cricket today with immediate effect.

Newell says Swann was a great character to have around the dressing room, but he will not miss watching him bat, as he claims it caused his grey hair!


Newell: Swann played on due to being 'irreplaceable'

The Director of Cricket at Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club believes the 'irreplaceable' nature of Graeme Swann is one of the reasons the spinner was selected for the first three games in Australia, despite his claims today that he isn't fully fit.

Graeme Swann's announcement that he is to retire from first class cricket has received mixed reaction. Swann has said his arm has not felt 'quite right' since his operation earlier this year. Some have criticised him for playing in this series if he knew he was not 100% fit.

Mick Newell says the selectors probably had no choice but to select him, because has has previously been 'irreplaceable'.

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Graeme Swann retires with two Ashes matches to go

Spinner Graeme Swann has retired from England's cricket team with two matches left to play in their Ashes tour of Australia.

England have already lost the series having suffered defeat in their first three matches, and are now fighting to avoid a 5-0 whitewash.

Swann told the Sun on Sunday (£): "It would be wrong for me to stay on for two more games just in the hope of picking up a few more wickets and adding to my personal tally." The spin-bowler also said his right elbow "hasn't felt quite the same" since a second operation earlier this year.

Swann's retirement follows Jonathan Trott's departure from the tour after England's first defeat, citing a stress-related illness.

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Fans and cricketers shocked at Swann's retirement

Cricketer Graeme Swann's snap retirement from the England team during the Ashes tour has drawn shocked reactions on Twitter, with Piers Morgan calling the move "embarrassing" and saying the Australian team "must be laughing their heads off".

Former England batsman and bowler Paul Collingwood said "I can't believe it", while commentator Jonathan Agnew said the move was "unexpected".

Swann has left the England team after they suffered three successive defeats on their Ashes tour to Australia.

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