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Swann takes FTI MVP honours

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Graeme Swann

Graeme Swann's haul of 10-217 in Chittagong were the best figures by an England off-spinner since Jim Laker

The ECB has announced that Graeme Swann has topped the FTI MVP rankings for the 2009/10 winter.

In doing so, the off-spinner beat off strong competition from Stuart Broad and Paul Collingwood to claim £2,000, a prize he has donated to Lowe Syndrome Trust.

The 2009/10 FTI MVP Rankings cover the period from the end of the 2009 domestic international season to the start of the 2010 international season.

Swann’s performances during this time have been instrumental in England’s continued success. Over the course of the winter he has played 21 matches in all three forms of the game, taking 60 wickets and amassing 226 runs, which included an innings of 85 off 81 balls against South Africa in the second Test.

He claimed 37 Test victims including a 10-wicket haul, the first by an England bowler since Jim Laker, against Bangladesh in 2010.

During England’s successful campaign to lift the ICC World Twenty20 Trophy, Swann was his country’s leading wicket-taker with 10 wickets at an average of 6.55.

On receiving the FTI MVP Award, Swann said: “It’s always an honour to represent your country and this last year has been hugely enjoyable.

“The success I have had is largely down to the spirit we have in the team at the moment and the enjoyment we take in each other’s successes.

“I would like to thank FTI for donating the prize and am delighted to be able to present this to Lowes Syndrome Trust, a charity I believe in and am very happy to support."

Over the course of last winter, the England team reached the semi-final of the Champions Trophy before becoming only the second team to beat South Africa in a one-day series in South Africa.

After drawing the Test series against Graeme Smith’s team, they crossed continents to enjoy an unbeaten tour to Bangladesh, winning both the Test and one-day series under the leadership of opener Alastair Cook.

All this was a prelude to the World Twenty20 in the West Indies, which saw Paul Collingwood captain the England team and win, for the first time, an ICC global event.