Graeme Swann takes break from India tour to support ill daughter

Graeme Swann has immediately flown home but is expected to be in India before November 15th when the first Test begins in Ahmedabad.

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Last updated on Thursday, 08 November, 2012 00:34 IST
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London: England off-spinner Graeme Swann has returned home from the tour of India in order to spend time with his ill baby daughter, the England and Wales Cricket Board said in a statement issued on Wednesday.

However, the ECB said the 33-year-old Swann would be back in India in time for the start of a four-Tests series in Ahmedabad next week.

"Graeme Swann has returned home to support his family and spend time with his daughter who is currently unwell," the ECB statement said.

"Swann will return to India ahead of the first Test in Ahmedabad, commencing November 15.

"This is a personal matter and we would ask for everyone to give Graeme and his family privacy. We will not be making any further comment at this time."

Charlotte Swann was just one-week-old when her father flew out on tour with his England team-mates last month.

Swann's absence mean England will go into their final four-day warm-up match against Haryana in Ahmedabad starting Thursday without their senior spinner and they may take the field without four of their leading bowlers in total.

Pacemen Steven Finn (thigh strain) and Stuart Broad (bruised heel) are set to miss the game as a result of injuries suffered earlier on tour and, in the circumstances, England may rest James Anderson rather than risk the one fit member of their first-choice seam bowling trio before the first Test.

But the match could see left-arm spinner Monty Panesar stake a claim for a Test recall.

Swann, for much of his Test career, has been the only specialist slow bowler in the England side.

However, with Indian pitches expected to take turn, England could play as many as three spinners in the first Test given Swann, Panesar and fellow left-armer Samit Patel, who has impressed with the bat already on tour, are among their bowling options.

The trio all featured when Panesar, who started his career alongside Swann at Northamptonshire, played the last of his 42 Tests in the 75-run series-opening defeat by Sri Lanka in Galle in March.

Swann and Panesar have not yet played in the same side on this tour, with Swann taking three for 90 in the opener against India A and Panesar returning figures of three for 64 against Mumbai A last week.

England are bidding to win their first Test series in India since a team captained by David Gower triumphed 2-1 in a five-match contest in 1984/85.

Story first published on: Wednesday, 07 November 2012 22:49 IST

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