Cricket: Swann quits in shock move after England surrender Ashes
MELBOURNE (REUTERS) - England spinner Graeme Swann has announced his retirement from international and first-class cricket midway through the Ashes, after being put to the sword by Australia's batsmen in the first three Tests of the series.
The surprise announcement comes days after England surrendered the coveted urn in the third Test in Perth to fall 3-0 behind in the five-Test series, and continues a tumultuous campaign for the visitors both and on off the field.
The Northampton man said his body was no longer up to the rigour of long-form cricket and that it would be selfish for him to stay in a team that needed to rebuild.
"It's quite simple, when I came out on this trip, I half expected it to be my last tour for England," the 34-year-old told reporters at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) where the fourth Test starts on Thursday.