Graeme Swann was a key member of the England Test side that claimed world No.1 status at the Oval. He was regarded as one of England’s best spin bowlers of all time and made important contributions with the bat. As part of the victorious England team who claimed the Ashes back from Australia, Graeme delivered the winning wicket to secure a famous victory. Graeme became the first English spinner to take 50 wickets in a calendar year. He promptly won consecutive Man of the Match awards against South Africa, cementing third place in the world rankings for bowlers.
A member of the prestigious cricketing family Graeme is the son of ex-England cricketer Raymond Swann and the younger brother of Northampton and Lancaster player Alec Swann; a talented player in his own right. Like his brother Graeme began his playing career at his home country club of Northampton, however he truly found form when he moved to Nottinghamshire in 2005. Swann spent eight years at Nottinghamshire, finally retiring in 2013 aged 34, despite this Graeme Swann continues to work as a cricket speaker for the club and appears at special events for both Northampton and Nottinghamshire.
A challenging and accurate batter Graeme spent eight years honing his batting skills on the domestic field before making his Test debut as part of the England team. As a cricket speaker Graeme offers audiences an insight into the world of professional and international cricket, his appearance at numerous Ashes makes him the perfect choice of sport speaker at international after dinner speaker events.
Since 2014 Graeme has been working as a sports speaker and Test Match Special commentator (BBC) T
The joker of the England team, Graeme dishes up the dirt and the secrets of sledging in his after dinner Q&A. He also talks about his other love, his band Dr Comfort and his Lurid Revelations – when he isn’t boasting about it on Twitter. Graeme has established himself as one of the most sought after cricket speakers working on the sporting after dinner speakers’ circuit
Matthew Willetts MA is the Director of Comicus who has over 35 years experience in television, film, theatre, and comedy club/cabaret entertainment, working as a performer, screenwriter, producer and agent. He lectured at Southampton Solent University in Comedy, Screenwriting, Television, Theatre & Radio. Matthew can sometimes be seen and heard on TV & Radio and often quoted in the national press and media publications. As well as speaking regularly at festivals and industry conferences, he has been a judge at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Montreux Television Festival.
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