Graeme Swann ruled out of test series

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

Relevant offers

Cricket

Black Caps top key Cricket World Cup statistics Ireland has faith in plans to stop blazing batsman AB de Villiers By the numbers: Why dot balls in one-day cricket have a major impact on results Jagmohan Dalmiya returns as head Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) England Cricket World Cup loss to Sri Lanka loss worse than Kiwi crushing - Mike Atherton Big four drawing clear of rank pack as race for Cricket World Cup title heats up Melbourne Stars snare Ben Hilfenhaus for BBL as Jackson Bird flies to Sydney Sixers Rain intervenes as Wellington and Otago's Plunket Shield clash hangs in the balance Canterbury's Henry Nicholls notches third ton in Plunket Shield clash with Auckland Australian fast bowler Pat Cummins set to miss Afghanistan clash with side strain

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.

Ad Feedback

- Stuff

Special offers
Opinion poll

Should bouncers be banned from cricket?

Yes - they're too dangerous

Neutral - it is what it is

No - it's just bad luck when it goes wrong

Vote Result

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content