March 6, 2013
Graeme Swann has left the tour of New Zealand to have an operation on an elbow injury which has troubled the England off-spinner for some time.
Swann will have surgery next week in the United States in the hope of being fit for the ICC Champions Trophy and more importantly the Ashes. James Tredwell has joined the squad in Dunedin as a replacement for Swann.
Swann did have an operation on the same elbow in 2009, but it has not fully recovered and Swann has been hampered by the injury in recent times. Before the Test in Dunedin Swann had only missed three of England’s 53 Tests since his made his debut in 2008 against India.
England will be desperate to get Swann back into the side to face Australia as he has become a key component to their success of late. In 50 Test matches the 33 year-old has taken 212 wickets at an average of 29.13. He is England’s leading off-spinning wicket taker of all time.
Swann’s position in the side has been taken by Monty Panesar in Dunedin, during last night’s first day washout. England will be hoping for better weather on day 2 as they look to get off to a good start in the best of three Test match series in New Zealand.
The Scoop 06/03/13