Coming as a major blow to England's chances of winning the ongoing ODI series against Australia, the touring side's top offpsinner Graeme Swann will most probably miss the rest of the series owing to a knee injury. Swann sustained the wound during the first Twenty20 match last week, but went onto to play the second and even joined in on the first one-dayer on Sunday, till he was forced to leave the field for treatment.
"He's got a slightly strangely formed knee cap on his left knee," Andy Flower, the England team director, said. "He got hit and it is badly bruised and quite painful so he won't be playing in the next game and might have to rest for 10 days to two weeks."
Swann was by the far the most effective English bowler in Sunday's game taking 1/42 from 10 overs, but the visitors were unable to defend their stiff total of 294 as Aussie opener/allrounder Shane Watson came up with a blistering 161 to propel his side home. Th news of Swann's exit is especially discouraging for England which is already missing the services of pacemen James Anderson and Stuart Broad.
If England decide to retain two spinners for the next match Hobart on Friday, Jan 21, it will mean a chance for James Tredwell, the Kent offspinner, to add to his two ODI caps.