Full Name: Graeme Peter Swann
Date of Birth: March 24, 1979
Place of Birth: Northampton, England
Height: 6ft 0in
Turned Professional: 1997
Photo taken by Nic Redhead
First Major Achievement:
The big moment in Swann’s career, while plying his county cricket trade at Nottinghamshire, came in December of 2008 when he was called up to the full England squad for his International Test debut against India. With the appearance, Swann became the 641st player to capped by England. Following his debut, his off-spin bowling secured him a place as a staple in the England set up for years to come.
Other Career Successes
A big mark in Swann’s international career came when he was selected for all five Tests in the 2009 Ashes series against Australia. It was his ball, dismissing Australia's Mike Hussey which sealed the series for England, and left Swann as England’s second highest wicket taker in the series.
Swann was also part of the England side which to many people’s surprise won the 2010 World Twenty20. Swann appeared in all of England matches in the tournament, taking ten wickets in total. After the success and impressive performance in all formats of the game for his country, Swann was named ECB Cricketer of the year in 2010.
A vital cog in the England machine that claimed the number one ranking in Test matches for the first time, Swann also helped England defend their Ashes against Australia in the 2010/11 series, outperforming the Australian spin bowlers on their home soil. Swann was ranked number one bowler in One Day Internationals in 2011.
Following many Test 5-Wicket hauls in his career, Swann pulled off his first international Test match 10 wicket haul in his 17th appearance for England, coming against Bangladesh in 2010. In doing so, he became the first English off-spin bowler to achieve that feat since Jim Laker in 1956