England spinner Graeme Swann announced his retirement from international and first-class cricket midway through the Ashes Series on 22 December 2013.
The surprise announcement came days after England lost the coveted Ashes in the third Test in Perth to fall 3-0 behind in the five-test series.Swann had long been Australia's Ashes tormentor. He played a key role in England's run of three successive series wins against their arch-rivals Australia.
He topped the bowling table with 26 wickets in the Ashes Test series held in 2012 in England. England won the series by 3-0 margin. In the process, he became the first English spinner since Hedley Verity in 1934 to take five wickets in an Ashes Test innings at Lord's.
Swann made his test debut against India at Chennai in 2008 wherein he took four wickets.
He retired as the sixth highest Test wicket-takers of England. He took 255 wickets from his 60 matches at an average of 29.96.
He has taken more wickets since his debut in December 2008 than any other bowler in Test cricket, including Dale Steyn and James Anderson.
He also took 104 wickets in 79 one-day internationals at an average of 27.76 after making his debut against South Africa in Bloemfontein in 2000 at the age of 20.
He took 51 T20 wickets in 39 T20 matches at an average of 16.84.
In addition, he helped England clinch their first major global world title at the 2010 World Twenty20 in the Caribbean.
England's highest Test wicket-takers
383: Ian Botham
329: James Anderson
325: Bob Willis
307: Fred Trueman
297: Derek Underwood
255: Graeme Swann
252: Brian Statham