Graeme Swann, who retired from international cricket in December, has agreed to the humble request to take on a part-time role of working with England‘s young spinners.

Swann said that Peter Such has asked him to take over the responisbility.

Peter Such is the head of the spin department at the ECB,” Swann told the ECB.

He has asked me to talk to bowlers. So at Lord’s I’ll sit down with the spinners who might be asked along, like Simon Kerrigan, Adam Riley, Scotty Borthwick, just to try and impart some advice or knowledge about Test cricket, because it is different to county cricket. I was lucky to go on a couple of tours and not play so I learned a lot then.

Swann also defended his decision to retire mid-way through the Ashes tour in the winter, insisting that his elbow injury had given him little option.

If I could bowl at half of what I thought was acceptable in Test cricket I would have done,” Swann said.

You’re walking out on a million-pound-a-year job – nobody is going to do that on a whim. I don’t think people realise how bad my elbow is. I can’t rotate it so can’t get any spin on the ball. If I bowled now, I’d bowl garbage.