0Graeme Swann kondig onmiddellike aftrede

Amongst the wreck­age of the Ashes tour comes anoth­er seis­mic bomb­shell — the best Eng­lish spin­ner in a gen­er­a­tion has handed his tick­et in.

Yes it’s true — Graeme Swann has announced his imme­di­ate retire­ment. Wat 'n massiewe verlies. Swann was a great play­er, com­pet­it­or, fight­er and all-round team man. Hy kan selfs hou 'n kolf op die regte manier ronde.

Hav­ing taken 255 wick­ets in his test career at a shade under 30 n stuk, sy rekord is daar vir almal om te sien en dit gaan baie moeilik om hom te vervang te wees. As always with Eng­land there’s hardly a queue of spin­ners banging down the door to take his place in the side. So does that mean we go back to the days of only ever pick­ing a twirler when the pitch suits rather than a first choice?

It cer­tainly looks that way — Monty has pre­vi­ously shown signs of being someone filling the spot. Maar weg van hom wat oorbly? Eenvoudige antwoord op die oomblik is daar niemand.

It raises a more wor­ry­ing ques­tion about what is going on in the Eng­land dress­ing room. They’ve just sur­rendered the Ashes and I’m won­der­ing if one or two more oth­ers may fol­low Swann’s lead. There is clearly dis­con­tent. Swann is weg. Trott may nev­er return. Is Pieterson volgende? Pri­or is on a bad run too and is the wrong side of 30. Kan hy buig uit sowel? Maybe even Jimmy Ander­son as an out­side bet?

All spec­u­la­tion of course and hope­fully spec­u­la­tion that is wide of the mark. Any fan of Eng­land wish­ing for it to hap­pen should look to the example of the bril­liant Aus­trali­an side who lost some of their best ser­vants all in one go and quickly ban­ish such thoughts. With the all-con­quer­ing Anti­podeans, Hay­den, Langer, Gill­christ, Warne and McGrath all shuffled off and the side suffered badly as a res­ult. Evol­u­tion not revolu­tion is what is needed. The fight to replace Swann will be a hard fought battle in itself – I hope for the sake of the team it isn’t com­plic­ated by hav­ing to replace half a team.

Dink ons ​​het iets gemis? Laat ons weet deur onder kommentaar. As jy wil graag inteken gebruik asseblief die skryf skakel op die spyskaart by die top reg. Jy kan dit met jou vriende ook deel deur gebruik te maak van die sosiale skakels hier onder. Cheers.

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