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Graeme Swann - The Breaks Are Off - My Autobiography
Graeme Swann - The Breaks Are Off - My Autobiography

First published in Great Britain in 2011 by
Hodder & Stoughton Ltd.
338, Euston Road,
London NW1 3BH
An Hachette UK company

Pages : 400

Price : Sterling Pounds 20

Publicity Co-ordinator : Karen Geary karen.geary@hodder.co.uk

Graeme Swann's transformation from international outsider to England's primary match-winner and undisputed best spin bowler in the world, has been remarkably rapid.

Swann made his Test debut against India at Chennai in December 2008 and within two years, had become his country's most reliable bowler. In the calendar year 2009, he had captured 54 wickets at 27.92 runs apiece in twelve Tests followed by 64 wickets at 25.96 runs apiece in 14 Tests in 2010.

Swann's tally of 118 wickets in two calendar years (2009 & 2010) at an average of 26.86 in 26 Tests was the highest by a bowler during this period. Only Australia's Mitchell Johnson could complete a century of wickets - 103 at an average of 30.04 in 24 Tests.

Swann's career has had some low periods too and the book reveals the true nature of his relationship with former England coach Duncan Fletcher.

Swann, in his autobiography, has taken pot shots at Kevin Pietersen and thinks that Pietersen is not a natural leader and was never captaincy material. "There is no doubt that Kev is a good player, a really fine batsman," Swann wrote, "but he was never the right man to captain England in my opinion. Some people are better leaders of men and Kev, for all his abundant talent is not one of those natural leaders."

Swann has described former English all-rounder, Andrew Flintoff as a man mountain and an undisputed champion.

The book is reasonably priced - a good buy for anyone who has followed Graeme Swann's career and wants the details all in one publication. Victor Isaacs has done an outstanding job in compiling Graeme Swann's career statistics.

A wide-ranging book, reflecting a varied and interesting life, it is well worth reading, and will provide much to think and talk about.