Betfair Ambassador Profile - Graeme Swann

Three-time Ashes winner, World Cup winner and spin-bowling legend of English cricket, Betfair Graeme Swann is also a first class analyst of the game who arms bettors with winning insights.

Graeme Swann - who you can see in the below video live trading a match on the Exchange - was the complete modern cricketer, excelling at all forms of the game. Test, at which he twice won the Ashes, ODI, at which he made his England debut in 2000 aged just 20, and Twenty20, at which he won the World Cup in 2010. He was famous, and feared by opponents, for his attacking off-spin bowling and a useful late order batsmen, with four first-class centuries.

Swann began his career at Northamptonshire, making his debut in 1997, before making the move to Nottinghamshire in 2005. He remained at Notts under the end of his careers and is regarded as a legend at Trent Bridge.

Swann made his Test debut in 2008, taking four wickets against India in Chennai. But that doesn't tell the full story - two of those wickets came in his first over, making him only one of two players to achieve the feat in Test history. Swann soon established himself as England's first-choice spin bowler and, in 2009, he was part of England's Ashes-winning team. He took a five-wicket haul in the subsequent ODI series.

In May 2010 Swann was named ECB Cricketer of the Year and was praised by the board for a "remarkable 12 months in which his attacking off-spin and hard-hitting lower-order batting have proved instrumental in one of the most successful years that the England cricket team has ever known."

Swann ended 2010 as the second highest-ranked bowler in world cricket and the highest ranked spin bowler. The following year, he helped England become the world's number one-ranked Test side and spent a spell as the top-ranked ODI bowler.

He retired from all cricket during the Ashes Series of 2013, due to a shoulder injury, saying: "My personal highlights include the three Ashes victories, which I will cherish for the rest of my life, and the World T20 victory in the West Indies, which ranks as my limited overs highlight."

Swann is sixth on the list of England wicket-takers with 255 in 60 Tests. He took 104 wickets in 79 one-day internationals

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Known for his expert insights and irreverence on the BBC's Test Match Special and 5Live, his career in the media also involved taking part in Strictly Come Dancing in autumn 2018. He was eliminated ninth which is pretty good and, we note, better than former-Betfair Ambassador Michael Vaughan.

Since joining Betfair, he has lit up the summer of 2019 with his ICC World Cup analysis and tipping and England Ashes series against Australia. His reading of the game is second to none, his knowledge of pitches world wide extensive and his willingness to be honest never in doubt. If England are playing cricket then make sure you read the Graeme Swann column on Betting.Betfair.

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