Swann honoured with top award

Published: Tuesday, May 25, 2010, 12:56 [IST]
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Swann bags top spot

London: Graeme Swann was awarded 'Brit Men's cricketer of the year' at an awards ceremony in the Long Room at Lord's on Monday evening.

Swann talked about his past 12 months experience, the achievements including last summer's Ashes victory - for England and himself. He had played an integral part during the Ashes win claiming eight wickets in the decisive fifth Test at the Brit Oval, before earning man-of-the series honours in the Test tours of South Africa and Bangladesh.

"I know I've had a decent year in all three forms of the game," he said during the ceremony.

"I love playing for England and hope this award can be a stepping stone for even greater things both personally and as part of a successful England team." he added.

Swann won the award ahead of fellow nominees, Test captain Andrew Strauss, Collingwood and pace bowlers Stuart Broad and James Anderson.

Swann has taken 99 wickets in 45 appearances across all formats for England, and was first identified as a prospective international talent when he toured South Africa as a 20-year-old in 1999/2000.


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