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Swann named England Cricketer of the year

Last updated on: May 25, 2010 13:56 IST

'It's been a magical year for me'

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Rising off-spinner Graeme Swann beat competition from his skipper Paul Collingwood among others to clinch the 'England Cricket of the Year' award at Lord's in London.

"I am absolutely delighted to win this award. It's been a magical year for me with so many high points," the 31-year-old said at the awards evening hosted by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).

Selected by the British media, Swann claimed the award beating the likes of Stuart Broad, Andrew Strauss, Paul Collingwood and James Anderson.

Swann played 45 matches for England in all formats of the game, taking 99 wickets at an average of 26.26.

"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."

The England men's team reached the semi-final of the ICC Champions Trophy before becoming only the second team to beat South Africa in a One-Day series in South Africa.


Image: Graeme Swann
Photographs: Reuters
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After drawing the Test series against South Africa they crossed continents to enjoy an unbeaten tour to Bangladesh winning both the Test and One-Day series.

Collingwood's men then scripted history by becoming the first English team to win a World Cup, when they beat Australia to clinch the Twenty20 World Championships.

English cricketer Katherine Brunt and all-rounder Chris Edwards were the other winners in the category of ECB women's and the England Disability Cricketer of the Year award respectively.

Congratulating all the winners the ECB Chief Executive David Collier said, "On behalf of everyone involved at ECB I would like to congratulate Graeme Swann, Katherine Brunt and Chris Edwards on their respective awards and take this opportunity to thank all those who have represented an England cricket team over the past twelve months."

The Judges panel comprised among others the Guardian's cricket writer Mike Selvey and England coach Mark Laneand and cricketer Clare Connor.


Image: Graeme Swann with his man-of-the-series trophy in Bangladesh

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