Former Sponne School pupil Graeme Swann retires from cricket

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Former Sponne School pupil, Graeme Swann, has this week announced his immediate retirement from International cricket.

Swann, who attended the Towcester school where his father, Raymond, was a PE and maths teacher, said the current Ashes tour was always going to be his last but he chose to bring the decision forward by two matches with England having already lost the series down under.

The off-spinner has enjoyed a hugely successful career, having played 60 tests for England after making his debut in 2008. He has taken 255 test wickets, making him England’s sixth highest test wicket taker of all time. He also became the first English spinner to take 50 wickets in a calendar year in 2009.

Swann, who started his career at Northamptonshire County Cricket Club, said: “After a great deal of consideration I have decided to call it a day on my international and first class career.

“This decision has been very difficult seeing as the England team has been my family for seven years now, but I feel that now is the right time to step down.”

“I’d also like to pay tribute to both Northamptonshire County Cricket Club for giving me my grounding in the game and Nottinghamshire for turning me into the cricketer I wanted to be.”