England’s Graeme Swann confident of Ashes return after elbow surgery

England spinner Graeme Swann remains confident of returning to fitness for this summer’s Ashes series after elbow injury

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Graeme Swann was ruled out of the NZ Test series on Tuesday Photo: The Sport Review

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England spinner Graeme Swann remains confident of returning to fitness for this summer’s Ashes series against Australia, despite being ruled out of the current Test tour in New Zealand with a recurrence of his long-standing elbow injury.

Swann was ruled out of the series on the morning of the first day of the First Test in Dunedin, which was washed out.

An ECB statement read: “Swann will travel to the United States next week to have an operation and will then undergo a period of rehabilitation allowing an anticipated return to competitive cricket in the early summer.”

The spinner told BBC Radio 5 live: “The Ashes are four months away, so if I’m not fit by then I will be very surprised.

“The last operation I had was by the same guy and he’s a genius in the field.

“I’m very buoyed by the success of that last operation and I know it will be fine. I’m just peeved at the minute because I’ve been looking forward to this New Zealand series for ages.”

“I love this country. I lived here for a while back in 2004-2005 and I’ve still yet to play in a Test series over here.”

“It will probably mean I never play in a Test match in New Zealand, so I’m peeved to be honest.”

Swann insists he will “follow the instructions to the letter” following surgery in an attempt to recover in time for the first of five Tests against Australia, which begins on 10 July at Trent Bridge.

Before this injury setback, Swann had missed only three of England’s 53 Tests since his debut in India in December 2008.

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