Graeme Swann ruled out of test series

MARK GEENTY IN DUNEDIN
Last updated 11:44 06/03/2013
Graeme Swann
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SERIOUS THREAT: England offspinner Graeme Swann.

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England spinner Graeme Swann has been ruled out of the three-test series against New Zealand to have surgery on his right elbow.

Swann's troublesome elbow flared up during the warmup match in Queenstown and it was decided he couldn't get through five days of cricket in the first test, scheduled to start today in Dunedin. 

Left-arm spinner Monty Panesar was named in his place in the England 11.

An England Cricket Board statement said Swann's tour of New Zealand was over and he would fly to the United States for surgery on the elbow next week.

It is anticipated he would return in the "early summer", which means he'd be racing to be fit for the two-test home series against New Zealand in May. The Ashes series against Australia, starting in July, would be a more likely target.

Fellow off-spinner James Tredwell, who played in the limited overs series, has been summoned back to New Zealand as Swann's replacement in the squad.

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