Definitely end of an era. Anyone who posts over 250 test wickets has something special. Always a shame to go out when the team are losing rather than bossing it, but the lure of another Ashes tour and substantiated self belief are good enough in my book.
With just the seven wickets in the series and no apparent turn on the wicket to speak of thus far, perhaps this outcome was inevitable. I distinctly remember driving down to a job in a school in Beckenham when he had his debut. His Dad, a schoolteacher, was interviewed. I remember thinking how annoying it must have been to be teaching a lesson when all he would have wanted to do was watch his boy bowling.
For the record – if I ever have a son – if he is ever playing for England – I will be there. Yes I will! For that matter if it’s a girl, and she is playing for the Women’s England Lacrosse team, I will be there too!
But for someone who has helped the national team endlessly over the last decade – thank you Mr Swann!