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England spinner Graeme Swann announced on Sunday that he is retiring from international and first-class cricket with immediate effect in a shock announcement midway through the Ashes tour. "After a great deal of consideration I have decided to call it a day on my international and first-class career," Swann, 34, said in a statement. "This decision has been very difficult seeing as the England team has been my family for seven years now, but I feel that now is the right time to step down." Off-spinner Swann, a popular character in the England team, has been under pressure to keep his place in the squad after taking seven wickets at an average of 80.00 in the three Ashes Tests in Australia.