India in England 2011 April 29, 2011

Fletcher could 'come a cropper' against England - Swann

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Duncan Fletcher may have coached the England team for eight years but there's still a "hell of a lot" about them that he "doesn't know at all", offspinner Graeme Swann has said. Fletcher was named India's new coach, replacing Gary Kirsten, and his first assignment is likely to be the tour of England later in the year.

Swann, who was not in Fletcher's good books when he first played for England in 2000, said any presumptions from the coach about knowing it all about England had the potential to backfire.

"Fletcher knows a few of our players better than some other coaches would," Swann told the Daily Telegraph. "But there's a hell of a lot of our team he doesn't know at all. I think that will work to our advantage, because he might be trying to double guess us a little bit and come a cropper."

Swann made his ODI debut on the tour of South Africa in 2000, when Fletcher was coach, but lost favour with the team due to his off-field behaviour. He played his first Test almost eight years later. "If I was a coach 10 years ago, I don't think I would have picked me, and I wouldn't have particularly liked me being on that tour," Swann said. "If you're my sort of character, you soon become quite irksome to the people around you if you're not backing your talk up on the field.

"I was just a young upstart tourist, and it was a good job I didn't play because I wasn't good enough. I'd probably have been found out and cast aside for good, and never been given my eventual second chance."

There are several players in the current England set-up who've either not played under Fletcher or done so only occasionally. Jonathan Trott and Steven Finn made their debuts after Fletcher left, while Stuart Broad, Tim Bresnan and even Swann gained prominence much later.

"It's nice for him to come back to England, because he's got a fine record with the England team," Swann said. "Now he will get a chance to pit his wits against this new England side during the summer. Technically, though, I don't think it helps him much to know a few of our players, because there's so much footage available that you can work anybody out."

Even James Anderson, who Swann believes could be the key against India, played only 16 of his 57 Tests under Fletcher. "If the ball swings like it did last year and Jimmy bowls as well again, there's no team in the world that can touch us," Swann said. "I think we will give India a very good run for their money, if not beat them."

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  • POSTED BY CricIndia208 on | May 1, 2011, 13:44 GMT

    @Andy,pakistan well placed to win the fourth test? They scored about 120 and 130 in their two innings. If 2009-10 oz tour was pakistan's lowest point, then what of 2004-05 oz tour and 2002 series in SL-Sharjah (both 3-0)? Fact is pakistan batting is simply not good enough. They are flat track bullies who cannot play quality bowling. Even Inzimam, hardly scored runs in Australia. And in 2006, England won 3-0.

  • POSTED BY Vnott on | May 1, 2011, 11:42 GMT

    Indian bowling of Zaheer, Ishant, Sreesanth, Munaf, Bhajji, Ojha, Mishra, Ashwin is good enuf to run thru the Engish team. There is good variety and firepower in the team and even the backups like RP Singh, Umesh Yadav, Vinay Kumar, Dinda, Abhimanyu Mithun are decent 3rd/ 4th seamers. It will be a close series but India should win...

    Fletcher is still a poor choice and at best can give some tips on English conditions and England players. Why wud you hire him as a coach just for that. He is too old to be Indias coach.

  • POSTED BY corpusninja on | May 1, 2011, 9:27 GMT

    @AndyWhatever "You may also want to ask how India is going to take 20 wickets consistently against the English. The English Test team in their own backyard are formidable." How you can say that with a straight face is beyond me. England failed to win a single test match in 2007 against India, so I think its Strauss and co. that need to scratch their heads.

  • POSTED BY KiwiRocker- on | May 1, 2011, 8:23 GMT

    Just a bit of heads up folks. This is in line with G Swann is talking about.Tendulkar has played six test matches against James Anderson and Anderson actually nailed him 5 times in six test matches which is one of highest by any bowler. Tendulkar averages 38 with bat in those test matches which is similar to his pathetic batting average of 39 in fouth innings of a test match. That is why J Kallis is the greatest batsman of modern era as not only he averages more than Tendulya in test matches (57.5) but he also has an average of 44 in 4th innings of a test match when matches are won, lost or drawn..A real legend with 270 wickets to further confirm his legacy.

  • POSTED BY AndyZaltzmannsHair on | May 1, 2011, 7:57 GMT

    @CricIndia208: That tour to Australia was Pakistan's lowest point. It was their nadir. Those three batsmen are quality. In 2006 when Pakistan toured England Younis and Yousuf scored centuries and double centuries for fun. They were sorely missed in the 2010 tour. One bad tour doesn't make you a bad batsman. Those scores you posted are also spread out over a decade. You've basically just hand picked scores at will, making sure you get the worst ones. If that's the case, then surely I could easily post the worst Indian batting or bowling scores??? Selective posting doesn't get you anywhere, it only backfires. You also forget that Pakistan won the third test and were well placed in the last test match when the spot fixing crisis broke. They could have ended with a drawn series.

  • POSTED BY CricIndia208 on | May 1, 2011, 7:16 GMT

    @Andy, India's biggest threat will come from Anderson & Co. Swann is good but India are masters of spin. Taking 20 wickets is a challenge against England in their own backyard but Zak and co. are good in english conditions. pakistan batsmen are mediocre, check what happened in Australia with yousuf, younis and misbah present. pakistan batsmen are in fact terrible - look at some of their scores in oz and england (53, 54, 74, 80, 72 etc.). Indian batting is much stronger- the strongest in the world. I don't mean to belittle England's achievement though.

  • POSTED BY on | May 1, 2011, 5:38 GMT

    i think india will give england bowlers a taste of indian hot spicy curry..this will be a real test for both the english & indians...waiting for the fun to begin

  • POSTED BY AndyZaltzmannsHair on | May 1, 2011, 4:13 GMT

    @CricIndia208: Swann's been taking wickets all over the world for a good 3 years now. If you honestly believe he's only had one or two good series then you're mistaken. He's rated as the best off spinner in the world for a reason. You may also want to ask how India is going to take 20 wickets consistently against the English. The English Test team in their own backyard are formidable. People are also quick to forget that Pakistan went into that England series with a bunch of youngsters and no experienced players. When Mohammad Yousuf came back into the side Pakistan actually won the Oval Test. There was no Younis or Misbah in that series.

  • POSTED BY CricIndia208 on | May 1, 2011, 3:09 GMT

    Indian batsmen will not have any problem negotiating Swann. Swann has made his reputation against mediocre sides like pakistan. He took a load of wickets against pakistan who do not have a single international class batsman. Whereas, ebery Indian batsman is a legend.

  • POSTED BY CandidIndian on | April 30, 2011, 20:31 GMT

    Well as an Indian fan i take the summary of this article as Swann is trying to say that it will be a great hard fought series and he is correct in thinking like that.He is not making an overconfident statement at all as he did not claim that India will be blown away by Anderson and Co. or something like that.Last time India won series in England .1-0 ,it was a hard fought series,even the series when England came to India, it was a great series too.However people who are calling Indian bowling weak should know that Indian bowlers do very well when conditions are good for bowlers overall, this is the reason they have done well overseas in last 5 years,Zaheer,RP and Sreesanth did well in England last time , especially Zaheer was awesome and there is no reason he cant do it again.In recent SA tour Indian bowlers looked very ordinary in first test but in second test they bounced back strongly on a pitch helpful to bowlers.

  • POSTED BY CricIndia208 on | May 1, 2011, 13:44 GMT

    @Andy,pakistan well placed to win the fourth test? They scored about 120 and 130 in their two innings. If 2009-10 oz tour was pakistan's lowest point, then what of 2004-05 oz tour and 2002 series in SL-Sharjah (both 3-0)? Fact is pakistan batting is simply not good enough. They are flat track bullies who cannot play quality bowling. Even Inzimam, hardly scored runs in Australia. And in 2006, England won 3-0.

  • POSTED BY Vnott on | May 1, 2011, 11:42 GMT

    Indian bowling of Zaheer, Ishant, Sreesanth, Munaf, Bhajji, Ojha, Mishra, Ashwin is good enuf to run thru the Engish team. There is good variety and firepower in the team and even the backups like RP Singh, Umesh Yadav, Vinay Kumar, Dinda, Abhimanyu Mithun are decent 3rd/ 4th seamers. It will be a close series but India should win...

    Fletcher is still a poor choice and at best can give some tips on English conditions and England players. Why wud you hire him as a coach just for that. He is too old to be Indias coach.

  • POSTED BY corpusninja on | May 1, 2011, 9:27 GMT

    @AndyWhatever "You may also want to ask how India is going to take 20 wickets consistently against the English. The English Test team in their own backyard are formidable." How you can say that with a straight face is beyond me. England failed to win a single test match in 2007 against India, so I think its Strauss and co. that need to scratch their heads.

  • POSTED BY KiwiRocker- on | May 1, 2011, 8:23 GMT

    Just a bit of heads up folks. This is in line with G Swann is talking about.Tendulkar has played six test matches against James Anderson and Anderson actually nailed him 5 times in six test matches which is one of highest by any bowler. Tendulkar averages 38 with bat in those test matches which is similar to his pathetic batting average of 39 in fouth innings of a test match. That is why J Kallis is the greatest batsman of modern era as not only he averages more than Tendulya in test matches (57.5) but he also has an average of 44 in 4th innings of a test match when matches are won, lost or drawn..A real legend with 270 wickets to further confirm his legacy.

  • POSTED BY AndyZaltzmannsHair on | May 1, 2011, 7:57 GMT

    @CricIndia208: That tour to Australia was Pakistan's lowest point. It was their nadir. Those three batsmen are quality. In 2006 when Pakistan toured England Younis and Yousuf scored centuries and double centuries for fun. They were sorely missed in the 2010 tour. One bad tour doesn't make you a bad batsman. Those scores you posted are also spread out over a decade. You've basically just hand picked scores at will, making sure you get the worst ones. If that's the case, then surely I could easily post the worst Indian batting or bowling scores??? Selective posting doesn't get you anywhere, it only backfires. You also forget that Pakistan won the third test and were well placed in the last test match when the spot fixing crisis broke. They could have ended with a drawn series.

  • POSTED BY CricIndia208 on | May 1, 2011, 7:16 GMT

    @Andy, India's biggest threat will come from Anderson & Co. Swann is good but India are masters of spin. Taking 20 wickets is a challenge against England in their own backyard but Zak and co. are good in english conditions. pakistan batsmen are mediocre, check what happened in Australia with yousuf, younis and misbah present. pakistan batsmen are in fact terrible - look at some of their scores in oz and england (53, 54, 74, 80, 72 etc.). Indian batting is much stronger- the strongest in the world. I don't mean to belittle England's achievement though.

  • POSTED BY on | May 1, 2011, 5:38 GMT

    i think india will give england bowlers a taste of indian hot spicy curry..this will be a real test for both the english & indians...waiting for the fun to begin

  • POSTED BY AndyZaltzmannsHair on | May 1, 2011, 4:13 GMT

    @CricIndia208: Swann's been taking wickets all over the world for a good 3 years now. If you honestly believe he's only had one or two good series then you're mistaken. He's rated as the best off spinner in the world for a reason. You may also want to ask how India is going to take 20 wickets consistently against the English. The English Test team in their own backyard are formidable. People are also quick to forget that Pakistan went into that England series with a bunch of youngsters and no experienced players. When Mohammad Yousuf came back into the side Pakistan actually won the Oval Test. There was no Younis or Misbah in that series.

  • POSTED BY CricIndia208 on | May 1, 2011, 3:09 GMT

    Indian batsmen will not have any problem negotiating Swann. Swann has made his reputation against mediocre sides like pakistan. He took a load of wickets against pakistan who do not have a single international class batsman. Whereas, ebery Indian batsman is a legend.

  • POSTED BY CandidIndian on | April 30, 2011, 20:31 GMT

    Well as an Indian fan i take the summary of this article as Swann is trying to say that it will be a great hard fought series and he is correct in thinking like that.He is not making an overconfident statement at all as he did not claim that India will be blown away by Anderson and Co. or something like that.Last time India won series in England .1-0 ,it was a hard fought series,even the series when England came to India, it was a great series too.However people who are calling Indian bowling weak should know that Indian bowlers do very well when conditions are good for bowlers overall, this is the reason they have done well overseas in last 5 years,Zaheer,RP and Sreesanth did well in England last time , especially Zaheer was awesome and there is no reason he cant do it again.In recent SA tour Indian bowlers looked very ordinary in first test but in second test they bounced back strongly on a pitch helpful to bowlers.

  • POSTED BY puntertakeson on | April 30, 2011, 19:28 GMT

    @Kiwirocker India is better side than Pakistan or England

  • POSTED BY on | April 30, 2011, 18:05 GMT

    this is the reason y swann was out of the tream some years back !!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | April 30, 2011, 15:59 GMT

    Just because sachin didn't play ajmal well in one match doesn' mean he wouldn't again...if james anderson can swing the ball, so can zaheer,let's see how england team handles him.. probably if sreesanth keeps his head then no bowler can match him in swinging the ball...

  • POSTED BY spinkingKK on | April 30, 2011, 14:15 GMT

    I am an Indian supporter who is not biased when predicting the outcome of a series. India well deserved the world cup. However, playing England in England with an aging batting line-up (I am afraid, India will pick Dravid) and a bowling line-up lacking confidence, is going to be hard. I don't know how may tests they play. My prediction is 2-0 for England in a 3 or 4 test series. However, if England over-estimate India and keeps giving batting tracks, then India might sneak in with 1-0 win. These predictions only holds true if India's current team is persisted with. I don't know why Swann making such rubbish comments. Coaches don't worry about whether they know the opposition players. Coaches just have to know their own players and workout a plan to bring the best in them. Because, the performance of the opponents is not in their hand. Fletcher could do a good job for India. He is methodical and also aggressive.

  • POSTED BY Felinfoel on | April 30, 2011, 12:51 GMT

    Series between these two when played in England are usually rippers and great entertainment. A word of warning to the confident Indian fans who are having a go at Swanny (who are a minority, albeit a noisy one),... it will be very close. Both sets of bowling are very even, but slight advantage goes to the English bowlers due to home advantage. The batting is therefore crucial. England usually collapses in at least one test per series, so will need to win at least 2 tests to take the series outright in my opinion. It will be tough against this Indian side even for a capable England team, so a 1-1 draw is probably the likeliest outcome.

  • POSTED BY on | April 30, 2011, 12:40 GMT

    All i can is Swann is a big mouth.

  • POSTED BY Hindh on | April 30, 2011, 12:07 GMT

    @kiwirocker Pak should learn some batting and fielding from the indian team. India is the only who were regularly beating Australia in their prime 1996-2008. There was lot of seam and swing and bounce last time in Eng , SA and Aus, But India did well in winning matches in all those tours. And I dont see any problems this time as well. india will definitely come up trumps. Pak batsman "liking pace and bounce". Son, I am hearing this for the first time.

  • POSTED BY rsrinath on | April 30, 2011, 11:32 GMT

    swann...........just think about those 3sixes that sachin hit in your bowling in the wc match and talk.all the best for going to get grounded by dravid and laxman in your own backyard...@kiwirocker"pak batsmen like pace and bounce"congrats for posting what could be the joke of the decade and for entertaining us..

  • POSTED BY SDHM on | April 30, 2011, 11:31 GMT

    Also, if everyone just re-read it, you'd probably realise that "I think we'll give India a good run for their money, if not beat them" is hardly a declaration of certain victory now is it? Swann has every right to be confident in the team, as India have every right to be confident to come here and win. People are forgetting that it was actually a very tight series last time - 1-0 in a three test series is hardly a thrashing. India were lucky to escape with a draw at Lord's - nine down, off for bad light, Bucknor giving Panesar nothing against Sreesanth - but they did well to capitalise on helpful conditions at Trent Bridge. The Oval was a bore draw if I remember rightly. So it's not like India completely dominated us, and that was with important players missing from the England set-up. I've said it before and I'll say it again - it's going to be a cracker...

  • POSTED BY Mumbai_Kar on | April 30, 2011, 11:03 GMT

    I am surprised at the vitriol my fellow indians are spewing at Swann for these comments. He is not running down a country or even Fletcher - his is a good point that Fletcher does not come with ready-made answers for the England trip. The only response to that I have is that nobody expects that either. Personally, I am not sure Fletcher is a good choice, but I am willing to eat crow a year later - because it would be a good place to be for India!

    That said, the England trip will be a good test for India (ha, pun!) - we have not met them since they have gained stature as a test team, and they have just as much to prove as we do. I don't expect it to be a cake-walk for either side, but then, nobody wants a one-sided series, do we?

  • POSTED BY Vkarthik on | April 30, 2011, 10:55 GMT

    Fletcher could come a cropper not Dhoni.

  • POSTED BY KiwiRocker- on | April 30, 2011, 10:48 GMT

    Swann should consult with Saeed Ajmal as he made Tendulkar look rather orindary in World cup semis... hindh88: I am not sure you know too much about game of cricket. Son! Pakistan was the only team that could face West Indian bowling at their prime. Pakistan's batsmen have struggled in Australia is because of seam and swing and not because of bounce...Have you ever heard of any time attacking Pakistani batsmen with short pitch bowling? While Yuvraj, Sehwag, raina, Dhoni, Gambhir are sitting ducks against short pitch bowls. As far as Tendulkar, he got his nose broken twice by Waqar Younis and Shoib Akhtar- Thumbs up to him that he tried to play through the pain..You need a Muhammad Amir with vicious swing, Asif with cunning variations, Wahab with express pace or A Gul with back of length bowls to beat England in England. Sadly, Zaheer Khan is not Wasim Akram. Any thoughts Andy Zaltzman's Hair?

  • POSTED BY on | April 30, 2011, 10:34 GMT

    As I read Swann's comments about how in their "bouncy pitches" against their seamers no team can match England let alone India and comments from others, I kept wondering -- wasn't it only a few months back when South African bowling conditions and their deadly fast bowlers were expected to have demolished the "poor Indian batsmen who are supposedly weak against pace bowling and cannot play bounce and swing"? Moreover, didn't India play with same bunch of "poor/mediocre" bowlers who were expected to do little to nothing against a formidable batting lineup that is and was so accustomed to play pace and bounce? What happened in that series? Did South Africa win that series 3-0? No Indian batsman must not have scored more than 200 runs in three tests with no centuries, of course, and no Indian bowlers must not have taken more than 10 wickets in the series. I can't seem to remember. Gosh! Can Swann kindly remind me what really happened?

  • POSTED BY on | April 30, 2011, 10:18 GMT

    Haha, handle Ishant?! Even I could handle medium-pace no-swing up-and-down bowling, are you having a laugh. If England get out to Ishant then it'll have been poor batting, not great bowling. Tall he may be, a good fast bowler he isn't.

  • POSTED BY on | April 30, 2011, 10:05 GMT

    it's nt fair to comment abt nyone nw.........let's see hw it goes..............

  • POSTED BY voma on | April 30, 2011, 9:55 GMT

    May i just remind all Indian supporters about the world cup match vs England . Yeah India really destroyed England in that game , Tim bresnan took 5 wickets in that game and hes our 5th choice seamer ! . Strauss totally destroyed your bowling attack

  • POSTED BY on | April 30, 2011, 8:59 GMT

    He , as in Duncan , is Ponting's best pal!

  • POSTED BY on | April 30, 2011, 8:37 GMT

    Swann proved ineffective in WC...he performed well in series before WC... he knows he is irksome... he is unhappy about Fletcher and Fletcher coaching India prior to England series.... he want to do well in the series...so why not pep himself up with a few "words" and media spotlight? As for India, Australian series is the one the senior players and Team will be eyeing for...Even a drawn series in Eng will not be of any concern... they have been playing a lot of cricket..Personally I do support Eng, when they play Aus/SA/PAK/NZ/WI...but not when they play against IND/SRI hopefully... the series will be a good one, want to see cook, Dravid and Laxman back in action ... @Kiwirocker watch some real cricket.. and learn the game before posting...or else go back to your hide out , where you have been hiding after your WC debacle....

  • POSTED BY on | April 30, 2011, 8:14 GMT

    Within two years India will have lost Tendulkar, Dravid, Laxman, (maybe) Sehwag - plus others - who is going to replace them? I like the look of Kohli but they aren't superstars like the top five India have now. If the ball swings in England, India have absolutely no chance, they don't have anywhere near enough a decent bowling attack - Bhaji? Give over - he's not a spinner any more anyway. If India get their bowling attack sorted THEN they can call themselves world champions, not before. If it wasn't for Sachin and the other three or four players India would be sixth maybe fifth in the rankings. Only by beating Bangladesh and a frustrating Pakistan on a regular basis have they got so high up. This series is for England to lose - not India to win

  • POSTED BY vdheerajcric on | April 30, 2011, 8:14 GMT

    hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha:):):).. very funny..mr.swann get ready for the run fest.. and to all others who believes india gonna loose against a team which lost to ireland and bangladesh.. wake up please.. england is not playing with zimbabwae.. it is INDIA.. top ranked test team and a team that won two world cups.. i wonder can englishmen take 20 indian wickets?? and with the likes of sachin sehwag gambhir dravid laxman in the team.. no way! india wont loose a single test even.. wait n watch..

  • POSTED BY CricFan78 on | April 30, 2011, 8:04 GMT

    The only thing which will come cropper is Swann's spin bowling. He takes majority of wickets against mediocre batting sides such as WI and Pak.

  • POSTED BY PottedLambShanks on | April 30, 2011, 8:02 GMT

    hindh88, India won in 2007 because it rained at Lord's.

  • POSTED BY Hindh on | April 30, 2011, 7:23 GMT

    In 2007 tour of eng India won the series without a coach. But this time around india have a coach who knows a thing or two about eng team and conditions . So it will be advantage INdia.... tests will be 2-1 in India's favour.

  • POSTED BY Hindh on | April 30, 2011, 7:18 GMT

    In 2007 it was indian batting and Zaheer's bowling that won us the series and it wont be any different this time around. Go india and make 2 consecutive series wins in Eng.

  • POSTED BY AdY113 on | April 30, 2011, 7:03 GMT

    well defeating England in England isnt a piece of cake..U sort of need a left arm specialist Muhammad Aaamir/ Wahab Riaz to do that job..not sure Zaheers got that carry..it wud be very interesting if KP returns by then..

    ~AdY~

  • POSTED BY on | April 30, 2011, 6:45 GMT

    @BadMoodHesh Fletcher has much harder job then to take India to the top, it is to maintain their position on the peak of the tables. That too when a quarter of a team is on the edge of the retirement. It is precisely the reason that BCCI chose to go with Fletcher-a experienced coach with exceptional rebuilding record, rather than the likes of Fleming, Akram or Pollock.

  • POSTED BY on | April 30, 2011, 6:28 GMT

    Zaheer will be Zaheer. also Sreesanth is lethal in helpful conditions. Dhoni always has aces up his sleeve. Inshant & other good fellas also thr. Bhajji had good season earlier in England. Fletcher or Fletcher India will do well provided batting is Ok. So SwaNN you can go for a swim.

  • POSTED BY on | April 30, 2011, 6:24 GMT

    @Kiwirocker, if india are sitting ducks on away tours, how come they dominated england in 07, drew with RSA in 2010-11 , and destroyed New zealand in new zealand in 2009?? it looks like you havent been keeping up with our progress the last 3 years. Last time I checked, pakistani batting FAILED miserably against england in 2010. They were all out in the 70s atleast 4 times during those 4 tests. When India won against England in 2007, their batting did very well...

  • POSTED BY on | April 30, 2011, 6:21 GMT

    mr swann.. beware of world champions.../ dont talk toomuch../

  • POSTED BY k_biran on | April 30, 2011, 6:19 GMT

    @KiwiRocker y r u crying, india is da no 1 test team and now they r world champions, u kiwis never won a world cup. try to win 1 and then say sitting duck. it seems ur team is a sitting duck.

  • POSTED BY sanjeevmukherjee2006 on | April 30, 2011, 6:16 GMT

    @kiwirocker if miitchel is ineffective against pakistan why ur team were whitewashed in TEst odi and T20 last time when pakistan toured WI...bottom line is ur pakistan team is a mediocre team..which can win matches against WI side without full strength imagine if gayle was there..your team cannot win a single test outside asia..you lost to us in WC so eat the humble pie we are so happy;)) you had mentioned in ur earlier articles that India will be knocked out in the first round of WC but we beat Aus, Pak :)) and SL!!

  • POSTED BY screamingeagle on | April 30, 2011, 5:51 GMT

    I am sure that Swann (and more so, kiwirocker) would eat their words. I think kiwirocker is pretty good at that now, he seems to like the alternative eating options.

    More to the point, Swann may find in quite interesting when someone attacks him for a change. Series possibly would be 1-0 India or 1-1. Depends on the first test really.

  • POSTED BY on | April 30, 2011, 5:43 GMT

    The master is there In Indian squad.......Sachin Tendulkar & if Jamie swings the ball then he will swings his bat too....

  • POSTED BY on | April 30, 2011, 5:36 GMT

    Keeping Swann's pre-series hype aside, this can be potentially a tight series between tow well matched sides mainly because England will be playing on its home grounds and weather conditions. And so it can prove to be interesting series as well.

    India cannot afford to be complacent just because they got Fletcher who may provide some 'inside gyan'. As Swann says today videos of all players can be easily accessed by anybody and so that is not Fletcher is for. Analysis, strategy, skill practice - all these homework needs to be done thoroughly well in advance. Indian players are typically instant players rather than depend on method and strategy. Hence the homework must be done well in advance as the lessons will then enter their subconscious and translate into intuitive response at the moment of actual play.

  • POSTED BY Badreshian on | April 30, 2011, 5:28 GMT

    Mr. Swanni I think you should not be concentrating on the feedbacks rather than on your bowling... However it could be fatal if you drop catches the way Pakistanis have done in the WC Semi final..... Wishing to have a great cricket series...

  • POSTED BY on | April 30, 2011, 5:26 GMT

    @kiwirocker: do u remember when was the last time your pakistani batsmen won a test in Australia??? U might have to put too much stress on ur memory. Indian "sitting ducks" on the other hand are winning tests all over the world. you guys are sore losers.

  • POSTED BY on | April 30, 2011, 5:25 GMT

    If coach is the only reason a team can win or lose,only then Swann's statements will make sense...Since in the real world thats not the case, its simply shows that Swann is a loss talker..besides even with his argument, the reverse should be true...i.e. England's players wont have any advantage over Indians either as they may not know Duncan and hence his strategy very well..

  • POSTED BY on | April 30, 2011, 5:18 GMT

    I think now itself swann started to feel the pressure of facing India . So i hope India will thrash the english team .

  • POSTED BY sanjeevmukherjee2006 on | April 30, 2011, 5:15 GMT

    @kiwirocker where were you hiding for a month after your team crashed out of WC and who defeated you..we Indians....your lost to us 5 times in Wc which shows which team is superior

  • POSTED BY sanjeevmukherjee2006 on | April 30, 2011, 5:09 GMT

    @kiwirocker ..well if india is sitting ducks outside india how come we won tests in Perth, durban in england etc..and if your pakistan team are a champion teams in facing fast bowlers how come ur team struggled against australia when they were white washed by aus, why u lost to england and on top of that if zaheer etc are mediocre bowlers you also lost to us in Wc semi...well India has kicked out pakistan 5 times in WC read the lines 5-0 against ur pakistan teams in World cup your team cannot win any matches..they are winning matches against C team WI

  • POSTED BY anshu.sunny on | April 30, 2011, 5:09 GMT

    Voma..Swann is overhyped..has had a good run fr a year or so..soon the novelty factor vl go..and 70-80 test n 300 wickets...

    ?? no way let him first take 10 wickets in 4 tests against the indians..then vl talk :P

  • POSTED BY on | April 30, 2011, 5:09 GMT

    I believe India have an ideal bowler for english conditions in their ranks, and that is Praveen Kumar. I only wish selectors give him a chance for test matches this time...

  • POSTED BY AndyZaltzmannsHair on | April 30, 2011, 5:06 GMT

    Don't worry England, no more Mohammad Amir or Asif to terrorise you. You'll have Zaheer Khan and .... erm... yeah, not much to worry about. See off Zaheer and tuck in all day long against the rest.

  • POSTED BY on | April 30, 2011, 4:56 GMT

    i want remind all you (swanny as well my Indian friends)...there will be a surprise in Indian Team for England..i know 90% of you are not going to believe me..but PRAVEEN KUMAR is going to be part of XV and XI as well..

    he can swing new ball both ways in sub continent...if it is England ...Cook will be cooking in dressing room within first five overs

  • POSTED BY Hindh on | April 30, 2011, 4:47 GMT

    @kiwirocker Matter of Pak bowlers being good is just hype and nothing else. they are just paper tigers and they do not perform when it matters Ex: The moment Sehwag started smashing Umar gul the so called best pak bowler was gone and ended up giving more then 60 in a crucial match. Pak batsman are gonna be exposed if they play Steyn and morkel in SA and not in abu dhabi.

  • POSTED BY manish053 on | April 30, 2011, 4:47 GMT

    It is not foremost thing to judge a team playing against you.You have to look at their strength to make your strategy to conquer.Coach merely trims their talent and does not come to play or not inject any magic power in their pupil. Ostensibly Swan's views are priceless however team have erudite coach can manage things precisely before the match but can not inject any magic power in his players so Englishmen need not to be happy on the coach issue and look at Dhoni's army.

  • POSTED BY adithya.siva on | April 30, 2011, 4:44 GMT

    I expected Stephen Fleming to be the next coach of India. Hey, he is young, plenty of experience, and led CSK in the IPL to enter the semis and finals in all the past three seasons. So if you'd ask me, Flem is a better pick.

  • POSTED BY KZOTAS on | April 30, 2011, 4:36 GMT

    ohh you just shut up Mr.Swann and concentrate on how to tackle the star studded Team India...or else you will be thrashed out of the park...

  • POSTED BY Hindh on | April 30, 2011, 4:32 GMT

    @kiwirocker "Pak batsmen like pace and bounce" man thats got to be the biggest joke ever. If they were so good why were they getting bowled for under 100 day in and day out on their eng tour and loose the series 3-1?. dont talk nonsense like swann.

  • POSTED BY CricSamraat on | April 30, 2011, 4:16 GMT

    English team is lucky to have steady injection of foreign nationals. Otherwise, England team would have been a cellar team by now.

  • POSTED BY CricSamraat on | April 30, 2011, 4:02 GMT

    Swann comes out as a free-style talker - saying whatever comes to his mind. His no-holds-barred talking does injustice a proven, low-key Duncan Fletcher. Swann should be grateful to Fletcher as the latter was responsible for England's resurrection from the dead. Swann's insults will drive Fletcher to reveal too many weaknesses of Swann and his cohorts to Indian players that England will lose out to India humiliatingly. Swann - Learn to respect your elders.

  • POSTED BY BadMoodHesh on | April 30, 2011, 3:44 GMT

    India are already No. 01 in tests and world cup winners. I don't think there's anything fletcher could do for the Indian team barring taking them to the moon and establishing a colony there...the only way to go is down for this Indian team, up has already achieved to the max

  • POSTED BY abhi_cricinfo on | April 30, 2011, 2:52 GMT

    Poor Swann played too much cricket on spin-friendly tracks and topped ICC rankings . Swann was ordinary spinner in sub-continent . I saw Sachin , Kevin o'Brian , Dilshan , Tharanga , etc giving some treatment to Swanny . If ball swings , our Sreesanth could be better than Jimmy Anderson (we saw that in SA pitches) forget Zaheer. If pitch is spinner friendly , Sehwag could be better than Swann (he took 5-for against Aussies) forget Bhajji. English players got some Aussie mouths. Don't underestimate your opposition Swann.

  • POSTED BY KiwiRocker- on | April 30, 2011, 2:48 GMT

    Swann is totally right and he talks sense.It is important to distinguish that there is a difference between Indian and Pakistani batsmen. Pakistani batsmen like pace, and bounce as they are brought up playing fast bowlers. I mean if you play Wasim, Waqar, Wahab, Shoibs, Guls in nets then you are bound to do well. What troubles them is eam movement that is why they struggle against bowlers like Anderson, McGrath etc however they will do well against likes of Steyn and Malinga etc- Steyn actually is very average against Pakistan. Indian batsmen on other hand play bowlers like Munaf and Zaheer in nets so they are sitting ducks against pace, swing and especially bounce so that is why they look clueless against quality fast bowlers outside India. First test against SA was a good example and Mitchell Johnson who is vey average against Pakistan is very effective against India. Playrs like Yuvraj, Dhoni, Sehwag, Raina, Gambhir rely on dead Indian pitches and are sitting ducks outside India.

  • POSTED BY kriskini on | April 30, 2011, 2:31 GMT

    India has not lost a test series against England in England in this century. 2002 series drawn 1-1 . 2007 India won 1-0.

  • POSTED BY on | April 30, 2011, 2:22 GMT

    Mr.Swann Sehwag is there in our side!!!!! Whether jimmy swings or not, balls will disappear... Hope u hav witnessed the "mass destruction act" of sehwag in the world's highly swinging NZ pitches... Be Aware eng Oops forgot this man..... VVS..... u try anything to him, but u ll end up in energy loss against him!!! If our wall back in his peak form, then Mr.swanny ur bowlers will exhaust for the entire year!!!

  • POSTED BY sudhindranath on | April 30, 2011, 2:10 GMT

    India are playing England mostly in August and September. The ball would be swinging a lot less then that it does earlier on in late spring and early summer.

  • POSTED BY on | April 30, 2011, 1:20 GMT

    I believe Duncan can do wonders for India. The reason behind my thinking is that high profile coaches never done wonders for India. In that sense, Duncan will do well.

    It will be nice to see Jimmy swings the well on the greenish turf and our indian stalwarts are capable of playing well with loads of experience on their shoulders. Nice competition are on the cards this summer with england wanting to become No 1 and india happy to stay with No 1.

  • POSTED BY on | April 30, 2011, 0:51 GMT

    james anderson was mentoured by Zaheer Kahn long time ago!!! and it was revealed by james in the recent ashes series!!!!!so if anderson can swing like swan said!!! think abpout zaheer

  • POSTED BY Goldy74 on | April 30, 2011, 0:49 GMT

    mr swann i know what you are saying about jimmy swinging the ball i was in nottingham in 07 series ask vaughan and pietersen about zaheer when he came around the wicket they both had no clue what he was doing with the ball pietersen admitted that later if zaheer is fit half battle is won and dont forget the sehwag factor stay ready for some sleepless nights!

  • POSTED BY kriskini on | April 29, 2011, 23:43 GMT

    If Zaheer Khan continues in peak form then he will guide the young bolwers Ishanth and Seesanth and a convincing series victory is gaurenteed.

  • POSTED BY on | April 29, 2011, 21:44 GMT

    india will win easily. they won in 2007 and i expect another 2-1 india win

  • POSTED BY on | April 29, 2011, 21:29 GMT

    ball swings or not.. Sehwag will hit it for a six if he feels like it.. So Swann, ask your "Jimmy" to try and swing the ball both inwards and outwards in the same delivery.. because only that can save ou guys from India's mighty batting order!!

  • POSTED BY anubhavmag on | April 29, 2011, 21:26 GMT

    I hope England should give some fight to india.So that series could be bit interesting. England should give their 300% so that they could come close to indian talent and match could be interesting.Please England players i begged u to play properly to india chance to play in second inning also.

  • POSTED BY on | April 29, 2011, 21:04 GMT

    Swann should also consider that Zaheer loves English conditions and can even swing the ball on the sub continent, something which Anderson struggled with in India.

    Also it will be a series where he will be rather ineffective as India play spinners much better than any other country in the world.

  • POSTED BY on | April 29, 2011, 19:58 GMT

    No love lost between Swann and Fletcher, is there? :)

  • POSTED BY on | April 29, 2011, 19:54 GMT

    well mr. swann u better hope ur batsmen perform, cause these indian seam bowlers are very dangerous especially ishant sharma, when there is seam movement. if he is gonna be dangerous u have one of the best fast bowlers in the world called zaheer khan who is at his peak in those conditions. so u better hope the ball doesnt bend bananas for anderson, cause as i saw last year. u guys never managed pakistan seam bowling in ur conditions at all.the pakistan batsmen cant play bounce at all, thats what saved u guys skin. this indian team came off a good bouncy south african wicket, so they will cope in these conditions against the bounce and against swing bowling.the indians showed they can manage last time around. they are even much better now. so the coach issue doesnt matter swann, even if fletcher doesnt know some of the new batsmen in the england team

  • POSTED BY on | April 29, 2011, 19:48 GMT

    Haha! I can totally see Indian fans getting worked up about these verbals - typically Swann. It's nice to see he isn't bitter about Fletch dropping him, but honest about his first int'l stint. In all fairness, Swann is a confident and a much improved player, as are quite a few of the ENG players who evolved after Fletcher's regime. Similarly IND is a much better touring side now than they were 10 yrs ago .. in their backyard, if it's overcast Anderson and Broad would be handful, but so would be Zak and Sreesanth. Let's just hope it's a even, tight contest ..

  • POSTED BY on | April 29, 2011, 19:42 GMT

    Is Gary Kirsten's endorsement sufficient to pick up a coach? The BCCI should have looked at more options. With more reports filtering in, Duncan Fletcher is probably going to be another Greg Chappell. Gavaskar and Kapil Dev may have been just right. Jimmy Amarnath was probably the man, for India.

  • POSTED BY on | April 29, 2011, 19:21 GMT

    I think India will do pretty well against England, Fletcher or not. The batsmen are miles ahead of the English and our bowlers are on top of their game at the moment.

  • POSTED BY NabeelUsmani on | April 29, 2011, 18:53 GMT

    Mr.Swann, Cricket matches are won by on field performances not by unnecessary statements off the field, in fact statement like these show signs of nervousness against your opposition , at the end of the day it is that one individual performance that win you matches,which i presume is never pre-planed, things like strategies and coaching take a back seat then. Sir, If you are good enough, you will surely win no matter what team or coach u r up against.

  • POSTED BY on | April 29, 2011, 18:49 GMT

    lol! Swanny's having a bit of fun. In typical Swann have a laugh while tossing a grenade style. Gotta start the verbals early when the #1 team in the world is coming to town!

  • POSTED BY on | April 29, 2011, 18:41 GMT

    I think India win will the test series in England this summer 2-1.Don't forget that we beat England last time we went there and although England are a better side than they were 4 yrs back, we too have improved drastically and are the No.1 side in the world at the moment.Btw nowadays it doesn't matter one bit whether a coach has worked with the opponents before or not because of there being so much video footage available anyways.

  • POSTED BY Dzongrila on | April 29, 2011, 18:41 GMT

    Guys, don't forget our bowlers excel in seaming and swinging conditions as they don't depend on pace alone. If we consider the past few series played in England, we did really well. So no sure where this arrogance comes from?

  • POSTED BY aboyan on | April 29, 2011, 18:32 GMT

    I seriously hope the English keep their sense of humor and speculations to themselves. Instead of talking what others might do or think they should concentrate more on what they should do and of course stop complaining on things like dew on the field, cracks on d pitch, height of the stumps, position of the sun, brightness of the stars...goshhh..d list just goes on... Maybe then they can come close to winning a tournament like the world cup.

  • POSTED BY SDHM on | April 29, 2011, 18:26 GMT

    @ Saddam Rasool - but it works the other way too. With the exception of Zaheer Khan, India's seamers are nowhere near the quality of Amir, Asif and Gul, so even if conditions are similar to last year, it might not be so tough for England's batsmen. That's what makes it so interesting I think - both teams almost cancel each other out. India's batting is clearly better, but England have the better bowling attack. And England's inconsistency is a problem of our 50 over cricket - we're unbeaten in our last 7 test series and we're world T20 champions don't forget. It should be a cracking summer, is what I'm trying to get at!

  • POSTED BY on | April 29, 2011, 18:07 GMT

    This kind of feedback from fans upsets me for 2 reasons... First, the editor let all the comments about "pre game talk" go through!! Second, the fans are actually thinking that Swann is indulging in pre tournament battle of words. This article is clearly about what Swann thinks the value Fletcher can bring to India against England. He has at no point mentioned that India won't be able to handle what England team would throw at them. Second, his mention about them being untouchables on a swinging pitch is normal after the way their bowlers bowled in Australia. There is nothing wrong about feeling confident. He is no way talkin India down, he is actually respecting them by saying, we would give them a run for their money if not beat them. That in my dictionary is respect for the opposition. I don't know why are my fellow Indian fans are being riled up about his comments.

  • POSTED BY on | April 29, 2011, 17:52 GMT

    hmm..I guess Swann is carrying little bit of over confidence. He doesn't really understand why India is such a good test team. There are not a team which is coached to death and team is good because it has committed individuals who are determined to grind out when going gets tough. Also let's not forget there is still lot of determination left in Sachin, Rahul, Laxman and the young brigade and they are definitely not the ones who would take things for granted. Also let us not forget the fact that Zaheer, Ishant and Shreeshanth can definitely match any other bowling sides in favorable conditions.

  • POSTED BY on | April 29, 2011, 17:50 GMT

    Just for the record, England haven't beaten India in a bilateral test series since 1996. Fifteen years of dominance and still counting.

  • POSTED BY on | April 29, 2011, 17:47 GMT

    If the ball swings as much as it did last summer and Zaheer and Sharma bowl as well as we know they can then there is no team in the world that can touch us. We will beat England if not trounce them royally.

  • POSTED BY GHemrajani on | April 29, 2011, 17:41 GMT

    Way to go Swanny. England have hardened in Tests after the Ashes. Fletcher will be more of an handicap for India. Expecting an England win.

  • POSTED BY andecarroll201011 on | April 29, 2011, 17:26 GMT

    swann just likes having a laugh. most of the stuff that comes out of his mouth is tongue in cheek

    I think england should win the tests easily given the indians players rediculous schedule. I doubt some of the indian stars even make the tour and england will be refreshed after having all their players injured before the ipl.

  • POSTED BY on | April 29, 2011, 17:10 GMT

    Indian team has played well all around the world and again in England they are going to play well. There batting is so good that they can test any bowling line up on any wicket. As far as swing is concerened, yes, it did a lot last year, infact too much sometimes and Pakistan struggled against their fast bowlers. But you cannot compare the likes of Yaser Hamid, Salman Butt, Imran Farhat, Omar Akmal, and few others(Youuf played just 2 matches, no Misbah and Younis) to the lineup including Sehwag, Gambhir, Tendulkar, Dravid and Laxman (Sehwag may struggle). We must also not forget that English batsman struggled almost in every innings against Aamir, Aasif and Ajmal in that series. They will surely struggle if there is swing as it was last year. I certainly believe that if it swings, India will be benefitted as they have bowlers like Zaheer(who bowls well on all surfaces), Srisanth, Munaf etc who bowl well under swinging conditions. I am already waiting for the series!!!

  • POSTED BY sjwarriors on | April 29, 2011, 16:53 GMT

    I can't wait for some chin music this summer :) Go Sree!

  • POSTED BY NGayanP on | April 29, 2011, 16:38 GMT

    @hutchy321: Well mostly true until the last last few sentences, where he talks of England being the best team in the world, and saying that they are untouchable

  • POSTED BY on | April 29, 2011, 16:38 GMT

    @Vivek Rahul Gunti - England are inconsistent (particularly in limited overs cricket), I'll give you that. But we also tied with India in the World Cup, and have a strong record in tests. When did India last beat Australia so convincingly at home in tests?

    I'm excited by the upcoming tour - I think it'll be a pretty even contest (in the test matches - I'm sure India will win the ODIs).

  • POSTED BY AndyZaltzmannsHair on | April 29, 2011, 16:33 GMT

    Only way England are going to win is if they prepare seaming pitches. If they try to outbat India they're gonna lose. If they try to outbowl India, they may well win, but their openers are going to be key.

  • POSTED BY on | April 29, 2011, 16:26 GMT

    wow wow.. greats like warne spoke same in past.. then you know what hapen... Swan.. wats ur world cup perfomence mate?

  • POSTED BY taibu777 on | April 29, 2011, 16:13 GMT

    swann is talkin 2 much indeed he is englands best spinner but with the likes of vvs, fletcher and so its gonna b tough swanny!!

  • POSTED BY margate on | April 29, 2011, 16:07 GMT

    I'm really excited about this series. India must be favourites - they're a fantastic side - but England were awesome against Australia...

  • POSTED BY Bhuvan2k10 on | April 29, 2011, 16:05 GMT

    Swanny don't tempt Redhot team india, they will smash you too hard to the ground. Don't underestimate.....

  • POSTED BY kriskini on | April 29, 2011, 16:01 GMT

    One should always read the complete article. I was very happy to see the last sentence. "I think we will give India a very good run for their money, if not beat them"

  • POSTED BY on | April 29, 2011, 15:44 GMT

    Do we have to "make plans" for a team which has lost to Ireland and Bangladesh and had a disastrous exit ? No, I say. Silly Point from Graeme Swann.

  • POSTED BY SDHM on | April 29, 2011, 14:38 GMT

    Overconfidence, arrogance... who cares? It's going to help make the forthcoming test series all the more spicy :P I want as many of the England and India players to come out swinging as possible - cricket could do with an Arsene v Sir Alex style contest...

  • POSTED BY on | April 29, 2011, 14:27 GMT

    Oh oh oh, I am loving this already! ;) Thanks for throwing down the gauntlet this early Swann. We, India, acknowledge that you are the best offie in the business, but watch out mate, we are in form too!

  • POSTED BY Mill1 on | April 29, 2011, 13:49 GMT

    I think people forget too quickly....India won the test series last time they toured England, under the captaincy of Rahul Dravid. The squad is arguably better now.

  • POSTED BY KSPillai on | April 29, 2011, 13:48 GMT

    It is interesting that Indian players with the possible exception of Sehwag don't talk much before a series. They just ignore the mind games and goout and win matches!

  • POSTED BY Alphus on | April 29, 2011, 13:45 GMT

    Fletcher being Coach during the English Tests wont cause India to do anything different.... I think the Current Indian Test Side is way too self sufficient (Thanks to Gary) to need any help from Fletcher in this particular series... Fletcher's job mostly is to groom young talent for the near future.

    "come a cropper" swann dude... dont be so cocky or u might find urself declaring ur retirement from tests later this year.......

    It was rightly said... it way too early for mind games......

  • POSTED BY hutchy321 on | April 29, 2011, 13:35 GMT

    At no point does Swann have a go at india or its players. He is merely talking about the relationship Fletcher has with the England team and speculating as to the inside knowledge that Fletcher will have over the current players. He is also looking forward to the challenge of playing the highest ranked team in the world and hopefully, from an english perspective, defeating them. As for being early in his comments over a series that is months away, he will have been asked a question and simply answered it honestly. More of the cricketing world should take a leaf out of his book instead of feeding the media with boring dribble!

  • POSTED BY on | April 29, 2011, 13:34 GMT

    Well said @karthikvlk and @ Sandman5five

  • POSTED BY deep123 on | April 29, 2011, 13:33 GMT

    Wow...the talk is already started for summer series. As long as Dhoni is there....there is no guessing Mr. Swann.

  • POSTED BY crooked_hyeena on | April 29, 2011, 13:22 GMT

    i would have loved to hear it from swann if andy flower would have been the coach of india......... to some extent i think fletcher is a good choice for guiding some of the talented young players like rohit sharma .... hope he does well seems swann is rattled he swann first take with srilanka cause they are better players of pin then india

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | April 29, 2011, 13:22 GMT

    India does not need a cropper or a spy to tell the weaknesses of the England team.If one watches the TV, England's weaknesses in the batting & bowling are evident. Fletcher can never replace Kirsten as a Coach because Kirsten worked with each player individually & brought a lot of energy to the team. If the Indian bowling improves a bit, India has enough batting to beat any team in the World. It is the fielding & bowling that pulls India down. India has the best top 5 in the batting order in the world today. If they can produce the best 4 bowlers then India will remain on top of the World in tests for a long time. It remains to be seen whether Tendulkar, Dravid & Laxman make the trip to England. In Sehwag & Gambhir India has the leading openers with Yuvraj & Dhoni following the Fab 3. If Harbhajan, Zaheer, Mishra and Patel can pull their weight around then India will beat England in the 3 test series.Swann might think England team is good but he needs to walk the Talk!.

  • POSTED BY Madselector on | April 29, 2011, 13:15 GMT

    Beware swanny... The ball swings for Ishanth and Zaheer too as much as it does for Zaheer... And lets see if you are rated the No.1 spinner after this series.. but you know what... Warne wasn't good against India either...

  • POSTED BY cric_fanatics on | April 29, 2011, 13:05 GMT

    Graeme Swan needs to realize that last year jimmy anderson was bowling to pakistan batsmen..and to be fair they are pretty much club level..except for may be one or two...and the guys that will turn up for india are the very best in the business....

  • POSTED BY candyfloss on | April 29, 2011, 12:36 GMT

    Swann's lack of confidence is clearly reflected from his last statement.I would actually be really really surprised if we dont win like we did in 2007,infact I actually think we might win more convincingly then we did last time,as an Indian fan I am not even a wee bit worried about Swann's bowling,IF we get our selections right I dont see why we wont win.

  • POSTED BY karthik132 on | April 29, 2011, 12:34 GMT

    Err...the theory that a bowler friendly pitch / conditions can undo India is false. India have the batting to survive on such a pitch and even better is have the bowling who can do well on unhelpful tracks. the saffers found that out recently.

  • POSTED BY Rahul_78 on | April 29, 2011, 12:29 GMT

    Swann has 8 wkts at 39.5 Avg and 75.3 strike rate vs india so far. His ordinary stats are soon going to be extra average in the coming tour. Then we will see who comes cropper..would love to see the contest though!

  • POSTED BY Steve_Stifler on | April 29, 2011, 12:27 GMT

    Is Swann attempting a Steve Waugh like mind game? Ah, if only.....

  • POSTED BY on | April 29, 2011, 11:53 GMT

    someone told me he is world no. 1 spinner , well let Sachin decide

  • POSTED BY harshalb on | April 29, 2011, 11:46 GMT

    Well done Swann...thats a good way to up the ante. Looking forward to a great summer and a great contest. Let us hope we get some good and clean cricket full of skill.

  • POSTED BY on | April 29, 2011, 11:39 GMT

    Greame Swann rocks. Newcastle United Rocks. Period.

  • POSTED BY on | April 29, 2011, 11:14 GMT

    I think that recent past has been proof enough to state that when pitches are bowler friendly it is only the truly great batsmen who have succeeded ... If the ball swings English batsmen are no Sultans of swing either Swaany ...

  • POSTED BY on | April 29, 2011, 11:12 GMT

    i think swanns ranking is getting too him, hes been talking alot recently, and much of it is nonsense!! india will do well in england, they have a good mix this time, unlike 2007.

  • POSTED BY Arthaurian on | April 29, 2011, 11:10 GMT

    This is why I like Greame Swann. He lives in the real world, unlike most cricketers who live in some fantasy cricket planet.

  • POSTED BY ganeshraam on | April 29, 2011, 10:58 GMT

    this is unnecessary nuisance from Swann... Dude... have some respect to the World's #1 Test team and current ODI World Champions...

  • POSTED BY on | April 29, 2011, 10:52 GMT

    lets play cricket swanny.. and see who is the boss,,,,against this awesome indian batting and not that bad bowling .. can england survive? specially the way sachin playing now a days it seems bowlers have no clue how to bowl to him,,,, I hope england can match india so that we will see some mouth watering contest,,,

  • POSTED BY on | April 29, 2011, 10:52 GMT

    India does not , never had, never will have a good bowling attack. so Indians should concentrate on 100 put by every Indian bats man...... but oh I forget! it is going to be a seeming track and bowl going to bounce sharp , Also Indian bowlers and spinners are mediocre .......... so the end can be very interesting..........

  • POSTED BY voma on | April 29, 2011, 10:35 GMT

    anshu.sunny , your opinion of swanns article is hillarious . Definetly 1 of the funniest thing i have ever read , the stage awaits you my friend . and yes i cant wait to see how Indias batsmen cope with Englands bowling attack . But somehow i think you miss swanns point , you are playing in english conditions against tall accurate seam fast bowlers . Anderson , Broad , Tremlett and Finn will be taking plenty of wickets . Mark my words

  • POSTED BY BiSONN on | April 29, 2011, 10:29 GMT

    "If the ball swings like it did last year and Jimmy bowls as well again, there's no team in the world that can touch us," Swann said. - hahaha, wow! Talk about being wayyyy too over-confident. Hoping someone from the Indian team reads this article the lets everyone what the deal is. The last thing you wanna do to people like Sehwag/Tendulkar/Yuvraj/Dhoni is tell them "We're too good to beat", but if that's the road Swann wants to take, then please .. by all means go right ahead. I just can't wait for this series to start now!

  • POSTED BY vatsa13 on | April 29, 2011, 10:21 GMT

    One thing fletcher doesn't know abt english team is..."How badly they will perform"... Swann couldn't take wickets on turning pitches of sub continent... how will he take wickets in england's bouncy pitches ???

  • POSTED BY Sandman5five on | April 29, 2011, 10:19 GMT

    A little early for mind games, ain't it swanny? And what, are you afraid? Why "we will give them a good run for their money, if not beat them"? Are you not confident? It is your backyard no? What this only shows is that Fletcher's appointment to the India Coach's post has already started playing on the english minds!

  • POSTED BY CaughtAndBowled on | April 29, 2011, 10:14 GMT

    Utter rubbish. India last time around visited England, if I am right, without a coach and went on to win the series. This time we have a new coach, who will be very keen to prove himself and he knows a thing or two about English players and conditions. Advantage India.

  • POSTED BY Notredam on | April 29, 2011, 10:13 GMT

    I'd say ODI wud be close..with India edging 3:2

    T20 : Eng shud win..

    Tests shud be 1:1 draw series...or 2:1 in India favour...

  • POSTED BY on | April 29, 2011, 9:52 GMT

    Swann is full of rubbish..as if that's going to decide the series between eng vs india

  • POSTED BY karthikvlk on | April 29, 2011, 9:52 GMT

    over confidence or arrogance??

  • POSTED BY Alok505 on | April 29, 2011, 9:49 GMT

    well so early said swanny . let the time speak it . u forget the no 1 test team & their batting line up to ur former coach . any way hope u give a good test to india & make matches excited

  • POSTED BY Nothing_Lost_For_Ever on | April 29, 2011, 9:42 GMT

    Mr.Swann, please reserve your judgement until the India series. Normally if anybody bad mouth India before the start of the series, please see what happened in previous few series including the world cup. Please concentrate on something else, do not fiddle with Indian cricket. We know what we are upto and what need to be done.

  • POSTED BY on | April 29, 2011, 9:30 GMT

    Swann is too optimist about his Team.

  • POSTED BY anshu.sunny on | April 29, 2011, 9:27 GMT

    "If the ball swings like it did last year and Jimmy bowls as well again, there's no team in the world that can touch us," Swann said. "I think we will give India a very good run for their money, if not beat them."

    yeah Swanny Sure..

    so many ifs n buts..aint it

    so here are few more ifs

    IF the gang of Sachin..Dravid..Sehwag n Laxman..( m nt even talking of Gambhir..Yuvraj..Dhoni)..play as well as they can ..what anderson...even if u bring Tyson n Trueman n Statham...back..u vl come a cropper..

    IF..our bowlers swing the ball as well as they can n keep their head(Sreesanth i mean)....ur batsmen wont be able to handle Zaheer Sreesanth Ishant...

    u should be happy we wont be playing Praveen n Irfan..and our bowling is that gud..that the guy RP who did s well when we went to England n blanked u poms...even if he wells as well as he has ever done..he wont find a place in our time

    u bring 6 feet 8 inches or even say 7 feet tall giants..u vl b blanked again.be ready fr 3-0

  • POSTED BY voma on | April 29, 2011, 9:25 GMT

    I really hope graeme swann has a good summer against Sri Lanka and India . This will be a true test of his skills as a off spinner , if duncan fletcher had given him a decent chance . He would of played 70 or 80 tests now , and would probably have 300 wickets to his name .

  • POSTED BY Gupta.Ankur on | April 29, 2011, 9:20 GMT

    Swanny but there are no double guesses as to who will win............check last 4yrs records......both odi/test

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  • POSTED BY Gupta.Ankur on | April 29, 2011, 9:20 GMT

    Swanny but there are no double guesses as to who will win............check last 4yrs records......both odi/test

  • POSTED BY voma on | April 29, 2011, 9:25 GMT

    I really hope graeme swann has a good summer against Sri Lanka and India . This will be a true test of his skills as a off spinner , if duncan fletcher had given him a decent chance . He would of played 70 or 80 tests now , and would probably have 300 wickets to his name .

  • POSTED BY anshu.sunny on | April 29, 2011, 9:27 GMT

    "If the ball swings like it did last year and Jimmy bowls as well again, there's no team in the world that can touch us," Swann said. "I think we will give India a very good run for their money, if not beat them."

    yeah Swanny Sure..

    so many ifs n buts..aint it

    so here are few more ifs

    IF the gang of Sachin..Dravid..Sehwag n Laxman..( m nt even talking of Gambhir..Yuvraj..Dhoni)..play as well as they can ..what anderson...even if u bring Tyson n Trueman n Statham...back..u vl come a cropper..

    IF..our bowlers swing the ball as well as they can n keep their head(Sreesanth i mean)....ur batsmen wont be able to handle Zaheer Sreesanth Ishant...

    u should be happy we wont be playing Praveen n Irfan..and our bowling is that gud..that the guy RP who did s well when we went to England n blanked u poms...even if he wells as well as he has ever done..he wont find a place in our time

    u bring 6 feet 8 inches or even say 7 feet tall giants..u vl b blanked again.be ready fr 3-0

  • POSTED BY on | April 29, 2011, 9:30 GMT

    Swann is too optimist about his Team.

  • POSTED BY Nothing_Lost_For_Ever on | April 29, 2011, 9:42 GMT

    Mr.Swann, please reserve your judgement until the India series. Normally if anybody bad mouth India before the start of the series, please see what happened in previous few series including the world cup. Please concentrate on something else, do not fiddle with Indian cricket. We know what we are upto and what need to be done.

  • POSTED BY Alok505 on | April 29, 2011, 9:49 GMT

    well so early said swanny . let the time speak it . u forget the no 1 test team & their batting line up to ur former coach . any way hope u give a good test to india & make matches excited

  • POSTED BY karthikvlk on | April 29, 2011, 9:52 GMT

    over confidence or arrogance??

  • POSTED BY on | April 29, 2011, 9:52 GMT

    Swann is full of rubbish..as if that's going to decide the series between eng vs india

  • POSTED BY Notredam on | April 29, 2011, 10:13 GMT

    I'd say ODI wud be close..with India edging 3:2

    T20 : Eng shud win..

    Tests shud be 1:1 draw series...or 2:1 in India favour...

  • POSTED BY CaughtAndBowled on | April 29, 2011, 10:14 GMT

    Utter rubbish. India last time around visited England, if I am right, without a coach and went on to win the series. This time we have a new coach, who will be very keen to prove himself and he knows a thing or two about English players and conditions. Advantage India.