ECB approaches Swann to work with young spinners-¬†Graeme Swann, the former England offspinner, has been approached by the England and Wales Cricket Board for the role of a spin consultant.¬†Swann will be working with young England spinners ahead of the national team’s tour to India later this year.

Peter Such, ECB’s spin coach, approached Swann to spend some time with England Lions prospects and the Under-19 spinners at Loughborough University

Graeme Swann
Graeme Swann

Swann, who claimed 255 wickets in his 60 Tests and was arguably England’s best offspinner since Jim Laker, has been contacted by Peter Such, the ECB’s lead spin bowling coach, and asked to work with England Under-19s and those in contention for a Lions place. It is understood Swann will undertake several sessions at Loughborough, not far from his Nottingham home, ahead of the winter tours.

Swann’s experience in India is the main reason for the request, as England will be touring India later this year. As such, Swann’s brain will also be picked for the senior side’s players.

England has a record of using spin consultants, with Saqlain Mushtaq the most recent to help out, working with Moeen and Adil Rashid during the current home series against Pakistan.

The involvement of Swann would be the latest in a raft of measures the ECB has implemented in an attempt to encourage the development of spin bowlers in England.

While England’s two main spinners, Swann and Monty Panesar, claimed 37 wickets between them as England defeated India in India in 2012 (nobody on either side took more than Swann’s 20 wickets in the series), when they return to the country in November it will be Moeen and Rashid who are relied upon to provide the bulk of the spin bowling.

Swan’s entry into the coaching team is seen as a positive move from ECB which makes their chances much better in the upcoming tournaments.