Graeme Swann nearly quit cricket in 2004

Published: Saturday, June 11, 2011, 0:00 [IST]
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Swann nearly quit cricket in 2004

London, June 11: England off-spinner Graeme Swann on Jun 10 revealed that he considered giving up cricket four years after making his ODI debut against South Africa in 2000.

The 32-year-old Swann, who played his first Test in 2008, nearly quit the sport after driving into a car park at Northampton and slumping over the wheel in 2004.

"I was low on form, low on confidence, I wasn''t enjoying my cricket and I don't think the coach at Northampton (Kepler Wessels) was particularly enjoying me, either," Swann said. "Pulling into the car park one morning, I just lay my head on the steering wheel and thought, ''Oh God, I don't really want to play today. How can I go through with this again?''

"If somebody had offered me six months' work on a cruise ship, I would have set sail," he was quoted as saying by ''Mirror''.

Down and out then, Swann fought back to become one of the leading off-sinners in world cricket along with India's Harbhajan Singh.

"Luckily, Nottinghamshire came along in 2005 and offered me a new lease of life. I fell in love with the game again, and players can only perform at their best if they are truly enjoying their jobs."

"Since I made my debut I've enjoyed every minute because I was ready for it," he said. .


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