Former England spinner Graeme Swann said he should have read the signs of a flagging career before deciding to go on his country's ill-fated tour of Australia. Alastair Cook's men were whitewashed 5-0 and Swann, England's top off-spinner retired midway, after the tourists trailed 3-0.
Swann's decision to quit at that juncture had left many former cricketers unimpressed. Former England opener and batting consultant Graham Gooch even called the off-spinner's retirement "criminal," alleging it made the team a laughing stock in Australia.
"In retrospect, I should never have gone on the tour at all. If I have any regrets at all, after The Oval I should have read the signs. But I thought, 'I'll be fine, Jimmy (James Anderson) will take 30 wickets, I'll only have to hold one end up, and we'll win a fourth Ashes on-the-trot'," Swann was quoted as saying by the Daily Mail.