England bowler Graeme Swann has committed his future to Nottinghamshire (5/1 with Stan James to win 2010 Clydesdale Bank 40 Outright) after signing a new two-year contract with the county.
The 31-year-old has been with the Midlands outfit since 2005, when he joined from Northamptonshire, and has been happy to extend his stay at Trent Bridge until at least 2012.
Swann (5/2 to be England 1st Innings Top Wicket-Taker v Pakistan) has enjoyed a fantastic run at international level in the last two years, taking 97 wickets in 22 Tests and currently third in the ICC Test bowling rankings.
Nottinghamshire director of cricket Mick Newell admitted that spinner has ‘surpassed my expectations’ with his achievements at international level but is pleased to keep him in his ranks.
Newell said: “I fully expect him to remain centrally contracted by England during the term of this new deal, but he is a player that every county would want on their books and I’m sure he’ll continue to make positive contributions for us whenever he’s available.”
Swann though has surprisingly missed out on a nomination for the ICC Cricketer of the Year award, with no England (6/1 to win 2011 World Cup) player on the list.
The main contenders are South African pair Hashim Amla and Jacques Kallis, Australian duo Shane Watson and Doug Bollinger, Indian batsmen Sachin Tendulkar, Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Virender Sehwag, and Sri Lanka’s Mahela Jayawardene.