Video: Swann avoids being selfish

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England spinner Graeme Swann retired from international and first-class cricket with immediate effect on Sunday.

England spinner Graeme Swann retired from international and first-class cricket with immediate effect on Sunday.

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'Well, it's quite simple. When I came out on this trip, I half expected it to be my last tour for England. I was desperately hoping to win the Ashes out here again, like we did in 2010 and 11, but with the Ashes gone now in those three Test matches, personally I think to stay on and selfishly play just to experience another Boxing Day Test match, a Sydney Test match, would be wrong.

'It would be wrong for the team, it would be wrong for me as well. So it's time for someone else to strap themselves in and enjoy the ride like I have done. And, you know, It's time for England to rebuild and refocus on winning back these big series, and me hanging around with a decision already made in my head wouldn't be right.'

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