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How old is Graeme Swann, when did the former England cricketer retire, and is the Strictly 2018 star married?

GREAME Swann, the former England cricketer turned Test commentator, is swapping the microphone for the Argentine tango.

For the former Northamptonshire and Nottinghamshire spinner, a familiar voice on BBC'S Test Match Special, has signed up for BBC's Strictly Come Dancing.

 Graeme Swann has signed up for Strictly Come Dancing
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Graeme Swann has signed up for Strictly Come Dancing

Who is Greme Swann?

He can currently be heard as a summariser England's Test series with India.

Swann took 739 first-class wickets and a further 305 in List A games on the county circuit.

Swanny is 39. He was born in Northampton on March 24, 1979.

He married his wife Sarah on 29 January 2010. They live in Nottingham.

The couple have two children, Wilfred and Charlotte.

 Swann kisses the Ashes trophy as captain Andrew Strauss, Jonathan Trott and Andrew Flintoff enjoy England's series win in 2009
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Swann kisses the Ashes trophy as captain Andrew Strauss, Jonathan Trott and Andrew Flintoff enjoy England's series win in 2009

When did he retire from playing cricket for England?

Graeme took 255 Test wickets at an average of 29.96. His best performance was 6-65 against Pakistan in 2010. His one-day international record saw him bag 104 victims at 27.76.

He also scored 1,370 Test runs at 22.09 and a further 500 in ODI'S at 13.88

In March 2010 Swann became the first English off-spinner since Jim Laker to take ten wickets in a match, claiming 10-217 from 78.3 overs in the first Test victory in Bangladesh.

In May of that year he was named ECB Cricketer of the Year. In between July and October 2011 Graeme was the No. 1 ranked bowler in ODIs.

Swann announced his retirement from all cricket with immediate effect on  December 21, 2013  At this point, England were 3–0 down in the Ashes 2013-14 series.

Is Graeme on Strictly Come Dancing 2018?

Swanny's looking to spin a little magic with his waltz and foxtrot when he hits the highly-popular televised ballroom dancing stage.

A number of other celebrities have been confirmed for the 2018 line-up with bosses reportedly banning reality stars.

TV presenter Katie Piper has been chosen for the programme ten years and 250 operations after surviving an acid attack.

Coronation Street actress Catherine Tyldesley and Faye Tozer from Steps have been confirmed along with Capital FM DJ Vick Hope, Pussycat Doll Ashley Roberts and YouTuber Joe Sugg.

Danny John-Jules, best known for playing Cat in the comedy in the sci-fi comedy 'Dwarf,' is also reported to be on board.

 Graeme is in the 2018 Strictly line up
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Graeme is in the 2018 Strictly line up

TV presenter Maya Jama, who is believed to be a "big fan" of the series, Anneka Rice and Nadiya Hussain are all rumoured to be part of the hot line-up.

An insider said: “Strictly has always been a massive draw in the past, but it hasn’t been as easy this year.

“Bosses are obviously hoping to bring in some bigger names, but they need everyone signed by the end of this month.”

As the show fears up to hit our screens, Graeme told the BBC: "I spent my career enjoying the excitement of performing in front of crowds and cameras.

“It’s a bizarre pressure that makes you sink or swim and I’ve missed it since having to retire from cricket.”

Have any other cricketers appeared in the programme?

Yes. Batsman Mark Ramprakash, 48, in 2006 and fast bowler Darren Gough, 47, the year before.

Spinner Phil Tufnell, 52, took part in 2009, and ex-England captain Michael Vaughan, 43, did the same in 2012.

Yes. Ramprakash followed in Gough's footsteps by landing the glitter ball trophy in 2006.

Strictly Come Dancing 2018 have revealed contestants including Vick Hope and Danny John Jules, with more to come

GREAME SWANN, the former England cricketer turned Test commentator, is swapping the microphone for the Argentine tango.



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