New Zealand v England: Swann ruled out of Test series with elbow injury

New Zealand v England: Graeme Swann is ruled out of three-match series due to an elbow injury which requires surgery

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Graeme Swann has taken 212 wickets for England Photo: The Sport Review

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Graeme Swann has been ruled out of England’s three-match Test series against New Zealand due to an elbow injury.

The 33-year-old is set to travel to the United States next week to undergo an operation on his right elbow.

Swann has been replaced by James Tredwell in the England squad for the current tour.

An ECB statement released on Tuesday said that Swann will “undergo a period of recovery and rehabilitation allowing an anticipated return to competitive cricket in the early summer”.

Earlier on Tuesday, Swann tweeted about his elbow injury which has been a niggling problem for “several years”.

“The elbow is always a concern,” the bowler wrote on his Twitter account. “It’s been hanging over me for several years and the problem hasn’t entirely gone away.

“This year of all years, I don’t want the elbow to cause any problems. I want to be fit for as much Test cricket as possible and, fingers crossed, I will be.”

The opening Test in Dunedin, scheduled to start at 21.30GMT on Tuesday, has been delayed due to rain.

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