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No Swann-song for Jimmy

Reuters, Melbourne

England paceman James Anderson has no intention of following good friend Graeme Swann into retirement and said there were other "big characters" in the dressing room to compensate for the loss of the banter-loving spinner.
“I'd like to carry on playing for a bit, yeah," the 31-year-old paceman told reporters after capturing 3-50 to help put Australia on the ropes at 164-9 after day two of the fourth Ashes test.
Off-spinner Swann, 34, announced his shock retirement from international and first-class cricket midway through the Ashes series days after England had surrendered the coveted urn. Despite enjoying his most rewarding day of the series Anderson was underwhelmed by his own performance.
"I felt terrible today. I didn't have any rhythm," he said. "I'm sure I'll make a lot of the highlights for the wickets, but I felt really frustrated at times.
“I thought the other guys bowled brilliantly – (Stuart) Broad especially. So hopefully tomorrow we can finish them off quickly."

Published: 12:00 am Saturday, December 28, 2013

Last modified: 10:02 pm Saturday, December 28, 2013

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