Swann made his international debut for England against India in 2008. He turned out to be an immediate impact as he dismissed both Gautam Gambhir and Rahul Dravid in his very first over.
After England’s another spinner Monty Panesar hit off-form, Swann became his side’s regular member. He became England’s primary wicket-keeper, especially in the longer format.
Moreover he was quite handy down the order with the bat and his highest score is 85. Swann was considered as one of England’s greatest spinners of all time.
However sadly he announced his retirement in the 2013-14 Ashes series, when his team were 3-0 down. He cited “an injury issue” as the main reason for his early retirement. At the time of retirement, he was only 34 years and could have played easily for a few more years.