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.

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Thanks to you all for your messages and support throughout my career. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.

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

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It was always a privilege to represent my great country playing the game I love and I'll forever support the three lions #keepthefaith

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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