Injuries bring the curtain down for Swann Ashes winner will not play in final two Test matches

Published: 23/12/2013

Graeme Swann set aside emotion to end his international career in the middle of the Ashes, for what he insists are the best of reasons.

Swann came to the uncomfortable conclusion, even as England were subsiding to defeat against Australia, that he could best serve them by retiring at the age of 34 because he was no longer capable of making the impact required and expected.

He will therefore play no part in the final two Tests, as England seek to salvage some pride in Melbourne and Sydney.

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