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Retired while his average was still below 30. I reckon he was told he was getting dropped.

Even so, for one of our, maybe our most, senior players to abandon ship in this manner halfway through a tour, let alone Ashes Tour, leaves those left behind exposed to alsorts of stuff they wouldn't have been had Swann decided to battle on til the end of the series

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Still England's second best spinner behind Underwood. Probably would have got 300+ test wickets if he was picked under Duncan Fletcher.

Agreed, not sure (Actually, pretty damn sure) Underwood would not have left his mates in the lurch like this

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Depends which viewpoint you take Timps.

Throwing his toys out of the pram cause he's no longer the best spinner in the world or quitting because he has the balls to admit he can no longer cut it at test level.

Yeah I can see both pionts but you would have thought if he was going to make such a momentous decision he'd have made it before we headed out to Aus, or after the series is done. OK semantics wise the series is done but it's not for all those having to play the last 2 tests out there, subject to the whole Aussie team reminding us ANOTHER of our brothers could not take the heat and has to have run for home.

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