England’s limited-overs coach Ashley Giles has underlined the importance of Graeme Swann’s return to the national side.

Swann is making sound progress in his recovery from elbow surgery and will hope to feature in competitive action for Nottinghamshire before declaring himself available for the ICC Champions Trophy and the Investec Ashes Series.

“We hope Graeme will be back as soon as possible,” said Giles.

“There are no dates as to when he might be back but his operation went well and he is rehabbing and fingers crossed he will back for the summer.

“He is a crucial player across all formats of the game. His record is very good in one-day and Test cricket and he remains crucial and it has been a tough period for him with this injury.

“But it is better he gets it done now and gets himself fit for this next 12 to 18 months.

“Spin is always important in your line-up. You need high quality spin because in a one-day game it can both take you wickets and help tie people down and we have seen that more and more.”

Swann will launch his benefit year with a dinner at Colwick Hall on Thursday 2 May.

Swann is supporting three charities through his benefit programme; The Trent Bridge Community Sports Trust, Belvoir Castle Cricket Foundation and School For Parents.

Tables of 10 cost £700 and can be secured by emailing hello@swannybenefityear.com