Updated: Sunday, 22 December 2013 08:36 | By Agence France-Presse

Graeme Swann quits international cricket

England spinner Graeme Swann has announced he is retiring from international cricket with immediate effect, team officials said in Melbourne on Sunday.

Graeme Swann quits international cricket

England's Graeme Swann bats against Australia during the last day of the second Ashes cricket Test match in Adelaide on December 9, 2013

Swann, 34, said after a great deal of consideration he felt it was now the right moment to call time on his international and first-class career.

"After a great deal of consideration I have decided to call it a day on my international and first class career," Swann said in a statement.

"This decision has been very difficult seeing as the England team has been my family for seven years now, but I feel that now is the right time to step down."

Off-spinner Swann has been under pressure to keep his place in the England team after taking just seven wickets at an average of 80.00 in three Ashes Tests.

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