Michael Clarke’s lads shouldn’t get too excited though, as the 34-year-old is likely to only miss the matches against New Zealand after he gets surgery next week in the US.

Swann has been managing the injury for the past two years, but the discomfort has become to great.

A statement from the England and Wales Cricket Board said: “England off-spinner Graeme Swann has been ruled out of the current Test series against New Zealand due to a right elbow injury.

“Swann will travel to the United States next week to have an operation on his right elbow and will then undergo a period of rehabilitation and recovery allowing an anticipated return to competitive cricket in the early summer.

“A further update will be available following the operation.”

England began their Test against New Zealand today, with Alastair Cook losing the toss and getting sent in to bat.

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