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Cricket: Prior dumped in England team shakeup

Another veteran paid the price for England's tumultuous Ashes tour when Matt Prior was axed from Thursday's fourth Test against Australia in Melbourne. Prior, ever-present in England's three consecutive Ashes series wins over Australia, made way for wicketkeeping understudy Jonny Bairstow in yet another changing of the guard. Prior, 31, the tour vice-captain to skipper Alastair Cook, is a veteran of 75 Tests and has not missed a Test since being recalled for England in 2009.

Cricket: Cook says Swann saga is over

England captain Alastair Cook Wednesday declared the furore over Graeme Swann's shock retirement "closed", saying the spinner had assured him that controversial remarks about player arrogance were not directed at his teammates. Swann stunned the cricket world with his announcement Sunday that he was resigning immediately from the England team midway through the Ashes series. He stoked tensions by saying some players had "no idea how far up their own backsides they are".

Cricket: Granny blames 'nasty' Aussies for Swann exit

Graeme Swann's grandmother has blamed unwelcoming Australians for the spinner's sudden retirement and said something "nasty" must have happened to convince the England star to turn his back on the Ashes. Swann quit cricket after the third Test defeat as Australia reclaimed the Ashes, ending an international career which had yielded 255 wickets for the off-spinner. "There is something gone wrong there and I blame the Australian players. Not all the Australian players, a certain one," Mina Swann, 89, told The Journal newspaper in Newcastle.

Cricket: Swann denies link with players in criticism

Graeme Swann on Monday denied he was referring to any of his current England teammates with his caustic comment "they have no idea how far up their own backsides they are". The off-spinner stunned the sport by announcing his immediate retirement on Sunday from all forms of cricket following England's defeat to Australia in the Ashes. But the 34-year-old caused a stir with comments that were intrepreted as being directed towards members of the England team, who are trying to avoid a 5-0 series sweep by Australia in the final two Ashes Tests.

Cricket: Aussies vow no mercy against Swann-less England

Australia are vowing no let-up as they chase an Ashes clean sweep against troubled England, who have been forced to re-jig their line-up after the shock retirement of Graeme Swann just days before the fourth Test in Melbourne. The off-spinner -- sixth on England's all-time list of Test wicket-takers -- on Sunday dropped a bombshell when he announced his immediate departure from international and first-class cricket, with the home side 3-0 up in the five-match series.

Cricket: Tributes flow following Swann's shock exit

Tributes flowed for England spinner Graeme Swann after his bombshell retirement from international cricket Sunday midway through the Ashes series. Swann explained his shock decision in press conference in Melbourne on Sunday, telling reporters England's 150-run defeat in last week's Perth Test -- which gave Australia a 3-0 series lead and the Ashes for the first time since 2009 -- had sealed his decision. His retirement, effective immediately, comes days before the fourth Test as a rattled England side try to stave off a 5-0 clean sweep in the series.

Cricket: Tributes flow following Swann's shock exit

Tributes flowed for England spinner Graeme Swann after his bombshell retirement from international cricket Sunday midway through the Ashes series. Swann explained his shock decision in press conference in Melbourne on Sunday, telling reporters England's 150-run defeat in last week's Perth Test -- which gave Australia a 3-0 series lead and the Ashes for the first time since 2009 -- had sealed his decision. His retirement, effective immediately, comes days before the fourth Test as a rattled England side try to stave off a 5-0 clean sweep in the series.

Cricket: Swann one of a rare breed

Graeme Swann's happy-go-lucky nature belied his status as one of England's greatest spin bowlers and a talisman of the team's three successive Ashes series successes. Swann shocked the cricket world Sunday by announcing his immediate retirement mid-way through the already doomed series with Australia, sending social media into a twitter over the timing. The 34-year-old off-spinner always was one of a kind: an eccentric and a dressing-room joker but also a match-winner in his own right.

Cricket: Swann calls time on England career

England spinner Graeme Swann announced his retirement from international and first-class cricket with immediate effect on Sunday, in a bombshell just days before the beleaguered tourists meet Australia in the fourth Ashes Test. Swann, who took 255 wickets in 60 Tests in just five years and is sixth on the list of Test wicket-takers for England, said defeat in Perth last week, where Australia sealed the Ashes, had cemented his decision to call it a day.

Cricket: England's Swann quits international cricket - ECB

England spinner Graeme Swann has announced he is retiring from international cricket with immediate effect, England and Wales Cricket Board officials said in Melbourne on Sunday. Swann, 34, said after a great deal of consideration, he felt it was the right moment to call time on his international and first-class career. rsm/ajc/jw
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