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Graeme Swann is ECB Cricketer of the Year

24th May 2010 22:20, in Cricket News

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) today announced that Graeme Swann has won the ECB Men’s Cricketer of the Year Award.

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) today announced that Graeme Swann has won the ECB Men’s Cricketer of the Year Award.

He was presented with his Award at a ceremony held in the Long Room at Lord’s Cricket Ground, which was hosted by the ECB and Brit Insurance, the new sponsor of all England Cricket Teams.

Swann was selected by the British cricket media and beat off stiff competition from Stuart Broad, Andrew Strauss, Paul Collingwood and James Anderson to claim the Award.

He has enjoyed a hugely successful year of international cricket. He’s played 45 times for his country in all formats of the game, taking 99 wickets at an average of 26.26. On five occasions he’s taken five or more wickets in an innings.

His best bowling figures were 5 for 28 at the Riverside last summer which helped England claim victory in the final ODI against Australia. As a batsman he averaged over 25 with the bat which included a high score of 85 against South Africa in the 1st Test Match last winter.

After his performances in England’s unbeaten tour to Bangladesh he became the number two ranked bowler in Test Cricket.

Upon receiving the Award Swann said: “I am absolutely delighted to win this award. It’s been a magical year for me with so many high points. 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.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank my team mates for the support they’ve given me on an off the field over the last year. As I’m sure you can see from the pictures on TV we work hard as a team and take real pleasure in each others successes. The atmosphere and bond we have in the dressing room at the moment makes the winning that much sweeter.”

Graeme Swann joined Team GM at the start of 2010 and contributed to the highly acclaimed GM Art of Batmaking videos featured on this website.

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