Graeme Swann earns England’s Twenty20 captaincy against West Indies – Cricket News Update

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Graeme Swann earns England’s Twenty20 captaincy against West Indies – Cricket News Update

England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has named the off-spinner, Graeme Swann as English Twenty20 captain for the forthcoming 2-match series against West Indies.

The 32-year-old, Swann, who will lead his national side first time, has earned the captaincy call in the absence of England’s regular Twenty20 captain Stuart Broad and the vice skipper, Eoin Morgan because of injuries.

Meanwhile, the England’s Chief Selector, Geoff Miller has showed confidence over the leadership qualities of the Northampton-born spinner, Swann, who has always been outstanding with his spin magic.

“Graeme Swann is a highly-respected member of the England side, and his experience and leadership qualities will be invaluable when he leads a young England team next week – a role he is very much looking forward to.” Miller said while talking to the media.

Swann, who represents the English County Nottinghamshire at domestic level, played his first international Twenty20 match against New Zealand at Eden Park in Auckland in 2008.

Since then, the right-arm off-break bowler, has served his country in 24 Twenty20s, picking 33 wickets with an economy rate of 6.60.

He was also member of the English Twenty20 World Cup’s winning squad in 2010, played exceptionally well to help his team to seal historical victory.  

Sawnn, who is famous with the nick name of ‘Chin’, also played 36 Test matches, and 59 One Day International fixtures for England, grabbing 153, and 85 wickets respectively.

Meanwhile, the English Chief Selector expressed his delight over the combination of the senior and emerging players for the upcoming Twenty20s against the Caribbean side.

“We have selected 10 of the players who were involved in last month’s Twenty20 victory over India, while the injuries to Stuart Broad and Eoin Morgan and the continued period of rest for Kevin Pietersen means we bring four players into the squad.” He added.

The first fixture will be played on September, 23, 2011, whereas, the second game is scheduled on September, 25, 2011. Both the matches will be hosted by Kennington Oval, London.

England squad includes Graeme Swann (skipper), James Anderson, Jonathan Bairstow, Ravi Bopara, Scott Borthwick, Tim Bresnan, Danny Briggs, Jos Buttler, Jade Dernbach, Steven Finn, Alex Hales, Craig Kieswetter (wicket keeper), Samit Patel, and Ben Stokes.    

 

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