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Swann's gran blames retirement on 'nasty' Aussie

The grandmother of retired England spin bowler Graeme Swann has blamed his decision on a "certain" Australian cricketer, adding: "He is not easily upset, there is something nasty happened."

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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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