England news August 16, 2011

Swann content with team success

At the start of the tour, Graeme Swann was riding high at No. 2 in the world rankings. Three Tests later, he has been limited to four wickets at 80.25 but his usual contributions have not been missed in the slightest
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Sportsmen are often renowned for claiming that they would trade in personal success for collective team glory, and they invariably sound disingenuous while doing so. But in the case of Graeme Swann, that is more or less what has happened in the course of this series against India. At the start of the tour, Swann was riding high at No. 2 in the world rankings, and looking on course to topple Dale Steyn as the world's leading bowler. Three Tests later, he has been limited to four wickets at 80.25, but with England now rated as the best team in the world, his usual contributions have not been missed in the slightest.

In fact, on a series of wickets that have aided England's potent seam attack, Swann has been more than happy to let his team-mates take the lead in the demolition of India. Stuart Broad, James Anderson and Tim Bresnan have each collected a five-wicket haul in the course of the first three Tests, and have so far shared 51 of the 60 Indian wickets to have fallen. "I'm an inherently lazy person," said Swann, "so I quite enjoy having other people to do the hard yards."

"I wouldn't say I'm firing on all cylinders, but that's just a case of not getting as many overs under my belt as I would have wanted," he added. "When your seamers are doing so well from one end and it's swinging around, it doesn't take a genius to know who you're going to attack when the little fingerspinner comes on. I wouldn't say it's frustrating, but it would be nice to play a little bit more of a role in a couple of the games.

"I've bowled well in patches in this series," said Swann. "I was quite happy with how I bowled at Edgbaston, but I was disgusted with how I bowled at Trent Bridge - I might start asking for annual leave whenever we play there. Lord's and Trent Bridge were as unfriendly to spinners as any wickets I've played on, so I was more than happy that the other guys were taking the wickets, otherwise it might have glared up how badly I bowled at Trent Bridge had we not won that game."

Leaving aside Swann's habitual flippancy, this current England team displays none of the angst that coloured their insecure squads in the dark days of the 1990s, when one bad game could often cause your eviction from the set-up. Nor does it seem to foster the petty jealousies that, for example, compelled Darren Gough and Andrew Caddick to outperform one another during the team's upsurge under Nasser Hussain in the early 2000s. With a tally of 19 wins in their last 30 Tests, and 11 of those by an innings, the collective thrill of victory is enough to satisfy everyone.

"I think it's been proved over the last couple of years that everyone is genuinely happy for everyone else's success," said Swann. "It's not a cliquey, bitchy environment where if people don't do well there are certain corners giggling and happy with it. That's been a case in the past in sports teams I've played in, but it's not in this one and anyone who was unfortunate enough to be in the way of our celebrations on Saturday night would have seen we're a very happy bunch and enjoy each other's company and each other's successes."

The celebrations at Edgbaston included, at various moments, Swann dancing to the Human League while wearing a Star Wars Stormtrooper's helmet, while Bresnan tweeted a picture of himself wearing a Borat mask. While the euphoria was not on a par with the scenes that accompanied England's retention of the Ashes in Melbourne back in December, Swann insisted that this sort of work-hard, play-hard culture was essential for a contented team environment.

"That was nothing to do with us becoming No. 1," he said. "That was the heady three or four hours after winning a Test match. We always celebrate wins of magnitude, and I think that's what you should do as a team, because it's very good for team bonding. But we're not carrying on thinking the series is over. I don't think any of us wants to be in a room with Andy Flower if we do take our foot off the gas. I know I don't."

"It was a similar situation after that Melbourne Test," Swann added. "A lot of people said the hard work was done and people wouldn't blame us for taking our foot off the gas at Sydney, but we actually pulled out our best performance of the trip [victory by an innings and 83 runs]. We'll be looking to emulate that at The Oval, because if we even go halfway to matching that game at Sydney, we'll be doing well."

From a personal point of view, Swann has little doubt that he'll be back in the thick of things before long, not least when England set about defending their No. 1 status against Pakistan and Sri Lanka in the new year. "I always look at the winter and think there's a lot more bowling for me to be done during those months," he said. "When we get to Abu Dhabi and Dubai [against Pakistan], having played on those wickets, I'm not sure our seamers will be lining up to bowl as they are at the minute.

"It's a nice place to be, No. 1 in the world, but it's not been the talk of the changing room," he added. "Abu Dhabi and Dubai and then Sri Lanka will be two huge series for us because they're not the kind of places where people go and steamroller teams and win handsomely. Then we have India the winter after as well, so that could be a real litmus test of where we are as a team, if we can carry on our performances of the past two years in those very hostile conditions."

Nevertheless, the distance that England have already travelled since 2009, when Flower and Andrew Strauss came together as captain and coach, is astonishing. Swann recalled the team meeting when the notion of England becoming the best Test side in the world was first aired, and admitted it had, at the time, seemed a long, long way off.

"It looked incredibly implausible," he said. "The run of form we had to have and the results we had to have and things go our way, I don't think anyone - even the most incredible sensationalist - would have believed what we were writing on the board. But it has panned out that way. So I'm a bit nervous about what [Flower] might come up with next time."

Andrew Miller is UK editor of ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY rahulcricket007 on | August 18, 2011, 8:58 GMT

    swann is not best spinner at the moment . srilanka has much better spinners than him . he takes wickets only against sides which are not capable of playing spin. he can't take wickets against india . even in indian tracks he is thrashed .

  • POSTED BY PaddyRasta on | August 18, 2011, 8:07 GMT

    @Trickstar I agree with you whole-heartedly. sachingilly's comment lacks any thought. Swann has a phenomenal record for his short career. 19 times 4 wickets or more out of 64 innings in Tests - I think any team would want him playing for them. And of course, he's no deer in the headlights with the bat either.

  • POSTED BY Trickstar on | August 17, 2011, 21:16 GMT

    @sachingilly EH? why can't he play cricket past 34, seems a pretty stupid thing to say, considering he's never had any injuries in his career and only been playing international cricket for 3 years or so. He is with out argument the best spinner around in all formats, his career obviously started too late for him to ever be considered a great of the game and no one has ever suggested he is and if you went to ask him personally about it he would laugh in your face, at the suggestion of being as good as the other great spin bowlers. He does a brilliant job for England and they couldn't have got to the top without him, when it's not spinning on the first day of a test, he nearly always ties down a end for the Captain to rotate his quicks, as well as when it's spinning, he can tear through sides, he's also taken more wickets in the last few years in all formats than any other bowler.

  • POSTED BY FlashAsh on | August 17, 2011, 20:26 GMT

    Dear sachingilly, what age is Murali? When did he retire from Test Cricket? Age 30 has nothing to do with "World Class"

    As to other posts! Swann acknowledges here that he's gone for a few runs but please this isn't about his performance but the team?

    He's still taken more wickets than Harbiwhatshisname?? So stick to stats if youre going to be critical and stop worrying about the subcontinent, your turn will come when Eng visit this winter and the next and Eng also have to contend with SA next summer, so lots of challenges and opportunities for No.1 spot to change and hopefully some great test cricket especially from Eng!

    Who knows even Monty might get a bowl in SL, Dubai or India??

    4-0 likely outcome unless weather plays its hand

  • POSTED BY AndyZaltzmannsHair on | August 17, 2011, 18:07 GMT

    @indianzen: living in your own world as usual.

  • POSTED BY RK.Chandru on | August 17, 2011, 15:02 GMT

    "....."We will stick to our game plan and hopefully it'll reflect in our performance. This is a sport, we go through tough times. It's challenges that make life interesting." MS Dhoni remains typically philosophical ahead of the final match of what has been a very challenging tour for India......" `wonder if he (MSD) has any plan at all! Replace Raina with Mukund. Raina isn't just a test material. He can only score in shorter version on flat pitches.

  • POSTED BY nandydesikan on | August 17, 2011, 12:24 GMT

    A player who has had more talk than walk MUST have supported it with performance. One good thing that happened for India in this series is Swann didnt get any respect from the Indian batsmen.He was mauled by Praveen Kumar in the third test second innings. India have conceded ; yeah. But let Mr ALL TALK AND NO WALK SWANN, please see his records in England prior to the Indians' arrival. He has been dealt with relative comfort. Full credit to the English team but the way Swann talked was a bit too much more than his potential.

  • POSTED BY 5wombats on | August 17, 2011, 11:21 GMT

    I think part of the problem - if I might say so - is that some people come on here and paint targets on their foreheads. When that happens it's inevitable that poeple are going to start shooting.... So, in short, my advice would be - don't come on here and paint a target on your forehead. If you do - then you will just have to take your chances!

  • POSTED BY BifferSpice on | August 17, 2011, 11:03 GMT

    sachingilly, you can write it as many times as you like. you're still wrong. if somebody is currently the best spin bowler in the world, then they're by definition world class. what you're talking about is "all time great", which he isn't. but he's better than any spinner playing for any country right now. that'll do. i have absolutely no idea what his age has to do with the statement you're making.

  • POSTED BY YorkshirePudding on | August 17, 2011, 11:03 GMT

    @indianzen, where does Swann say anything about he IPL, hes talking about the England team and why they are such a close knit unit.

  • POSTED BY rahulcricket007 on | August 18, 2011, 8:58 GMT

    swann is not best spinner at the moment . srilanka has much better spinners than him . he takes wickets only against sides which are not capable of playing spin. he can't take wickets against india . even in indian tracks he is thrashed .

  • POSTED BY PaddyRasta on | August 18, 2011, 8:07 GMT

    @Trickstar I agree with you whole-heartedly. sachingilly's comment lacks any thought. Swann has a phenomenal record for his short career. 19 times 4 wickets or more out of 64 innings in Tests - I think any team would want him playing for them. And of course, he's no deer in the headlights with the bat either.

  • POSTED BY Trickstar on | August 17, 2011, 21:16 GMT

    @sachingilly EH? why can't he play cricket past 34, seems a pretty stupid thing to say, considering he's never had any injuries in his career and only been playing international cricket for 3 years or so. He is with out argument the best spinner around in all formats, his career obviously started too late for him to ever be considered a great of the game and no one has ever suggested he is and if you went to ask him personally about it he would laugh in your face, at the suggestion of being as good as the other great spin bowlers. He does a brilliant job for England and they couldn't have got to the top without him, when it's not spinning on the first day of a test, he nearly always ties down a end for the Captain to rotate his quicks, as well as when it's spinning, he can tear through sides, he's also taken more wickets in the last few years in all formats than any other bowler.

  • POSTED BY FlashAsh on | August 17, 2011, 20:26 GMT

    Dear sachingilly, what age is Murali? When did he retire from Test Cricket? Age 30 has nothing to do with "World Class"

    As to other posts! Swann acknowledges here that he's gone for a few runs but please this isn't about his performance but the team?

    He's still taken more wickets than Harbiwhatshisname?? So stick to stats if youre going to be critical and stop worrying about the subcontinent, your turn will come when Eng visit this winter and the next and Eng also have to contend with SA next summer, so lots of challenges and opportunities for No.1 spot to change and hopefully some great test cricket especially from Eng!

    Who knows even Monty might get a bowl in SL, Dubai or India??

    4-0 likely outcome unless weather plays its hand

  • POSTED BY AndyZaltzmannsHair on | August 17, 2011, 18:07 GMT

    @indianzen: living in your own world as usual.

  • POSTED BY RK.Chandru on | August 17, 2011, 15:02 GMT

    "....."We will stick to our game plan and hopefully it'll reflect in our performance. This is a sport, we go through tough times. It's challenges that make life interesting." MS Dhoni remains typically philosophical ahead of the final match of what has been a very challenging tour for India......" `wonder if he (MSD) has any plan at all! Replace Raina with Mukund. Raina isn't just a test material. He can only score in shorter version on flat pitches.

  • POSTED BY nandydesikan on | August 17, 2011, 12:24 GMT

    A player who has had more talk than walk MUST have supported it with performance. One good thing that happened for India in this series is Swann didnt get any respect from the Indian batsmen.He was mauled by Praveen Kumar in the third test second innings. India have conceded ; yeah. But let Mr ALL TALK AND NO WALK SWANN, please see his records in England prior to the Indians' arrival. He has been dealt with relative comfort. Full credit to the English team but the way Swann talked was a bit too much more than his potential.

  • POSTED BY 5wombats on | August 17, 2011, 11:21 GMT

    I think part of the problem - if I might say so - is that some people come on here and paint targets on their foreheads. When that happens it's inevitable that poeple are going to start shooting.... So, in short, my advice would be - don't come on here and paint a target on your forehead. If you do - then you will just have to take your chances!

  • POSTED BY BifferSpice on | August 17, 2011, 11:03 GMT

    sachingilly, you can write it as many times as you like. you're still wrong. if somebody is currently the best spin bowler in the world, then they're by definition world class. what you're talking about is "all time great", which he isn't. but he's better than any spinner playing for any country right now. that'll do. i have absolutely no idea what his age has to do with the statement you're making.

  • POSTED BY YorkshirePudding on | August 17, 2011, 11:03 GMT

    @indianzen, where does Swann say anything about he IPL, hes talking about the England team and why they are such a close knit unit.

  • POSTED BY sachingilly on | August 17, 2011, 9:35 GMT

    Swann is not a world class spinner like warne or muralidharan.He is 30 now.He cant play cricket for more than 4 years.

  • POSTED BY Dozzieus on | August 17, 2011, 9:03 GMT

    to sum up what Nutcutlet was saying, the change in KP- at the end when the last wicket fell at Edgbaston the team started huggin and celebrating, but notice how KP didnt, he ran all the way to fine leg to get Stuart broad BEFORE he stated celebrating....... a changed man for the better!!! COME ON THE BOYS !!!

  • POSTED BY Yabba on | August 17, 2011, 8:28 GMT

    RandyOZ - really? Swann took 23 wickets in the 2009/10 4 test series in South Africa again their "sensational batting line-up"! He's a much better bowler now than then too...

  • POSTED BY Nutcutlet on | August 17, 2011, 8:14 GMT

    @rahulcricket007. Please read my earlier post! Your prediction re: Swann being the weak point is laughable. Swann is not concerned about taking loads of wickets if the quicks are firing and he personally is bowling well, spelling the rest and restricting the batsmen's opportunities to score. Swann knows that there will be days when he will bag a hat-full. He is not playing for his place whilst he is bowling well and that gives him confidence to perform well/brilliantly. You see, MrRahul, you, like almost all Indian supporters, see cricketers as isolated individuals, racking up runs and wickets. You will argue about someone's worth quoting figures, without consideration of that player's OVERALL contribution. If Swann bowls 3 successive maidens and then a wicket falls at the other end as a fretting batsman chases a wide one, that wicket is as much Swann's as the bowler whose name is in the book. Try to get hold of this idea. It seems to be a national (Indian) malaise!

  • POSTED BY indianzen on | August 17, 2011, 8:12 GMT

    oh come on Swann, you were not selected in IPL and should not show your disappointment this way... you are nothing against INDIA... its all Jimmy and Broad...

  • POSTED BY Nutcutlet on | August 17, 2011, 7:58 GMT

    'Everyone is genuinely happy for everyone else's success,' says Swann. This is most certainly the ethos that Flower & Strauss have instilled in their team. It is simple and old as Father Time: all for one and one for all. That is why players who are supportive as part of their character are chosen by this England set-up. Witness the way KP has changed; he used to be very egotistical, now, feeling the genuine support of the rest of the team, he reciprocates as much as anyone, congratulating fielders, clapping team members in enthusiatically, etc. Little things, but very very important. And Swann in this article is making the point that the current side's four bowlers are pack-minded - which is self evident. A kill for one is one enjoyed by all! With all the endless analysis of India's failure to perform, I suggest that this ethos is glaringly absent in their team. Their supporters don't realise the simple truth: cricket is a team game. It's not about individual stats; its abt winning!

  • POSTED BY tomhedley on | August 17, 2011, 5:47 GMT

    @zico123, I can't believe what I've just read! This is the most one sided test series I have ever seen, Sehwag comes in and gets a king pair, Gambhir missed one test! England have been without Tremlett and Trott, probably our two of our most consistent players of the last 12 months. England has so much strength in depth, you wait and see when Onions comes in for Anderson. If India were at "full strength" and England were missing six players it would still be 3 nil.

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | August 17, 2011, 4:33 GMT

    If there is ONE person I like in the entire England setup, it's Swann. I think he's a gentleman and speaks his mind out. He is not the bragging type that Warne or McGrath were in their heyday. If there is something obvious, Swann will point it out. When England were rubbish during the world cup, Swann was one of the few players who came out and said the team didn't deserve to be there for the final stages of the tournament. Now that's honesty instead of blind passion towards your team. @Ian Fibbo, Man it isn't as if the English fans and India bashers spare their rude comments. There is always someone sharpening their knife at Indian supporters here. So I guess it works both ways.

  • POSTED BY Legster on | August 17, 2011, 3:06 GMT

    Really, Randy? You mean being shown up to the point of averaging better than Shane Warne against India in India and picking up 21 wickets from 4 games including 2 five wicket hauls against SA in SA?

    The utter bilge that people come up with sometimes is exasperating.

    Sure, he's had a poor series by his standards, but if you look at the stats the Indian spinners who've played in the same conditions he's bowled in haven't exactly set the world alight, either.

  • POSTED BY on | August 17, 2011, 1:46 GMT

    Swann hasn't bowled badly at all this series he just hasn't been needed because the seamers have bowled so well. When you can bowl out the No.1 team in the world six times in a row for under 300 using only THREE bowlers it must be a pretty awesome situation for a captain to have the No.2 ranked bowler in the world just waiting for a partnership to start. England are in a really good situation right now. Andy Flower has done a great job in getting them into line and clearly the players have a lot of respect for a man who averaged over 50 in test cricket while playing for such a rubbish team as Zimbabwe. Personally I still think we should play an extra bowler and leave out Morgan/Bopara, because with Broad, Swann and Bresnan all capable of test hundreds they're surely worth an extra batsman and can afford us two tailenders in Tremlett/Finn/Onions and Anderson, even though none of those guys are exactly rabbits.

  • POSTED BY cric_fanatics on | August 17, 2011, 0:22 GMT

    @ demon_bowler ...read the article first..dont make up what the indians think on your own..nowhere is it written what the indians think of swann.

  • POSTED BY RandyOZ on | August 17, 2011, 0:01 GMT

    Swann, although sometimes bowls a good spell, is overrated and will be shown up in India on turning wickets and in South Africa against a sesnsational batting line up.

  • POSTED BY demon_bowler on | August 16, 2011, 23:21 GMT

    If Indians think Swann is a bad bowler, how do they describe Raina (struck for two consecutive sixes by England's no.9) and Mishra (bowls off about two paces but still can't stop bowling no balls)?

  • POSTED BY landl47 on | August 16, 2011, 22:23 GMT

    Swann bowled pretty well at Edgbaston. He picked up two wickets in the second innings, had Raina dropped and should have had Gambhir lbw except that the umpire developed an inability to see a perfectly straightforward decision. He was not expensive until Kumar came in and threw his bat; Swann beat him many times but the ball was doing so much it beat everything. Swann's bowled well everywhere he's played and he'll bowl well in the subcontinent over the next two Winters. What is very interesting is to hear how tight this England side is, while still being well disciplined. That's a tribute to how well Flower and Strauss have worked together. Strauss's record as test captain is extraordinary: 19 wins (20 if you count the match Pakistan forfeited), only 5 defeats, and half of the wins by an innings. This really is the best England side in my memory, and I remember back to the 1950s.

  • POSTED BY allblue on | August 16, 2011, 21:38 GMT

    It's so unfair having to play such an important series with three of their best players missing. Let's face it, if Trescothick, Flintoff and Simon Jones had been available... Oh sorry, I got a bit confused...

  • POSTED BY heat-seeker on | August 16, 2011, 20:34 GMT

    To be fair, Swann did make a valuable batting contribution at TB when his partnership with Broad rescued England. That session after tea on Day 1 was arguably the biggest game-changer.

  • POSTED BY heat-seeker on | August 16, 2011, 20:34 GMT

    To be fair, Swann did make a valuable batting contribution at TB when his partnership with Broad rescued England. That session after tea on Day 1 was arguably the biggest game-changer.

  • POSTED BY rManiks on | August 16, 2011, 19:55 GMT

    @Ian Fibbo - Dude the comments are towards this funny article & its heading! Not Swann himself!

  • POSTED BY Yabba on | August 16, 2011, 18:43 GMT

    zico123 - that has to be the most inane thing I've ever read. It's unfair that India lose their No1 status as they have no strength in depth is basically what you're saying - which is why they do not deserve to be no.1. Sehwag's absence was his choice - he waited until after the World Cup and the lucrative IPL until he had his operation, which made him miss the start of the series. Zaheer Khan didn't tour the West Indies and was without any warm up so was liable to break down and Gambhir has played in 2 of the 3 tests anyway so what's your point about him? India still has Dravid, Tendulkar, Laxman & Dhoni - who have all failed!

    England's bowling is not good enough to win in the sub-continent? Give them a chance to play there in a test series before making such a sweeping statement. We know India's attack cannot bowl in supposedly bowler friendly conditions in England and look incapable of taking 20 wickets to win a game - yet you still assert they should stiill be No.1.

  • POSTED BY GHemrajani on | August 16, 2011, 18:34 GMT

    Given the conditions, Swann has still done well picking up the odd wicket to keep the heat on India. He doesnt drop much at slip and has picked a few catches that helps the faster bowler and to keep the pressure. He is a bowler of real substance and a decent bat. I would always have him in my 11 regardless of the conditions. No annual leave Swann!

  • POSTED BY on | August 16, 2011, 18:11 GMT

    Swann has barely mentioned India in this interview, confining his comments to his team mates, yet we still get aggressive, one eyed, ill informed, bragging remarks from their fans. What is wrong with them and this site? No doubt this will not get published.

  • POSTED BY pom_don on | August 16, 2011, 17:58 GMT

    @rahulcricket007 It would be a miracle for Swann to pick up 10wkts we didn't really need his services as India didn't last long enough.....spinners normally come into their own at the back end of a game on day four/five but by then they were back in the pavilion having tea or out playing golf! He did however play 100% better than Baji with the few overs he bowled. As for choosing Dravid, well that is a no brainer he stands head & shoulders above the rest of the Indian batters & at least he adapts more readily to our bowlers....he also puts some effort into his game, something that was sadly lacking from a few of the Indian players. Zaheer might have made a difference if he had put some work in before the tests he was/is overweight & obviously out of condition & Sehwag didn't appear interested, I think past glories have gone to their heads.....it is here & now that counts...not what you did in the past!

  • POSTED BY Valavan on | August 16, 2011, 17:47 GMT

    ZICO123, seems you have this text written in a word doc and u publish same in all comments column, India is a good bunch, but this time we played professional and much better cricket which India never faced during their 20 month tenure as No.1.

  • POSTED BY zico123 on | August 16, 2011, 17:29 GMT

    it is unfair that India lost their no. 1 ranking in a series where they are without their best bowler Zaheer and 2 best batsman Sehwag and Gambhir for the most part, it is unfair to judge a depleted Indian side against a full strength England side. i am sure the result would have been other way round if India was at full strength and England was without Peterson, Bell and Anderson. England's bowling is not good enough to win in sub-continent, so their stint at top will be shorter than that of India

  • POSTED BY bumsonseats on | August 16, 2011, 17:25 GMT

    it as interesting to listen to a sanjay manjrekar video piece talking about how the indian/asian players play with the bat and pad so close together, and he thought the indians were against the referal system because of the lbw that swann would/ has got. as a lover of cricket i found that very interesting its not something the average cricket supporter would know. dpk

  • POSTED BY ElPhenomeno on | August 16, 2011, 16:46 GMT

    He was always an average spinner. I don't understand why people keep hyping him up as #1. Truth is, we don't have a great spinner left, just like fast bowlers.

    He did in this series exactly what I thought he would do. Pretty much everytime he came on he relieved the pressure and indians took him for a ride and walloped him around. Its the fast bowlers who've caused all the problems. I am not exaggerating why I say I bet indians take a deep sign of relief mixed with great joy seeing swann getting ready to bowl.

  • POSTED BY rManiks on | August 16, 2011, 16:26 GMT

    Good Joke!!! Swann doesn't stand a chance against Indian batsmen even at the worst of their forms!!

  • POSTED BY rahulcricket007 on | August 16, 2011, 15:56 GMT

    AT THE START OF THE SERIES I PREDICT THREE IMPORTANT THINGS . 1. ENG WILL WIN BY 2-1 . 2. DRAVID WILL BE MOST SUCCESSFUL INDIAN BATSMEN IN THE SERIES & TREMLETT WILL BE LEADING WICKET TAKER IN THE SERIES . 3.THE OVERHYPED SWANN WOULD BE THE WEAK POINT IN THE ENGLISH BOWLING AND WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO PICK UP 10 WKTS FROM 4 TESTS . NOW I THINK MY PREDICTION OVER DRAVID AND SWANN WAS RIGHT .

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  • POSTED BY rahulcricket007 on | August 16, 2011, 15:56 GMT

    AT THE START OF THE SERIES I PREDICT THREE IMPORTANT THINGS . 1. ENG WILL WIN BY 2-1 . 2. DRAVID WILL BE MOST SUCCESSFUL INDIAN BATSMEN IN THE SERIES & TREMLETT WILL BE LEADING WICKET TAKER IN THE SERIES . 3.THE OVERHYPED SWANN WOULD BE THE WEAK POINT IN THE ENGLISH BOWLING AND WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO PICK UP 10 WKTS FROM 4 TESTS . NOW I THINK MY PREDICTION OVER DRAVID AND SWANN WAS RIGHT .

  • POSTED BY rManiks on | August 16, 2011, 16:26 GMT

    Good Joke!!! Swann doesn't stand a chance against Indian batsmen even at the worst of their forms!!

  • POSTED BY ElPhenomeno on | August 16, 2011, 16:46 GMT

    He was always an average spinner. I don't understand why people keep hyping him up as #1. Truth is, we don't have a great spinner left, just like fast bowlers.

    He did in this series exactly what I thought he would do. Pretty much everytime he came on he relieved the pressure and indians took him for a ride and walloped him around. Its the fast bowlers who've caused all the problems. I am not exaggerating why I say I bet indians take a deep sign of relief mixed with great joy seeing swann getting ready to bowl.

  • POSTED BY bumsonseats on | August 16, 2011, 17:25 GMT

    it as interesting to listen to a sanjay manjrekar video piece talking about how the indian/asian players play with the bat and pad so close together, and he thought the indians were against the referal system because of the lbw that swann would/ has got. as a lover of cricket i found that very interesting its not something the average cricket supporter would know. dpk

  • POSTED BY zico123 on | August 16, 2011, 17:29 GMT

    it is unfair that India lost their no. 1 ranking in a series where they are without their best bowler Zaheer and 2 best batsman Sehwag and Gambhir for the most part, it is unfair to judge a depleted Indian side against a full strength England side. i am sure the result would have been other way round if India was at full strength and England was without Peterson, Bell and Anderson. England's bowling is not good enough to win in sub-continent, so their stint at top will be shorter than that of India

  • POSTED BY Valavan on | August 16, 2011, 17:47 GMT

    ZICO123, seems you have this text written in a word doc and u publish same in all comments column, India is a good bunch, but this time we played professional and much better cricket which India never faced during their 20 month tenure as No.1.

  • POSTED BY pom_don on | August 16, 2011, 17:58 GMT

    @rahulcricket007 It would be a miracle for Swann to pick up 10wkts we didn't really need his services as India didn't last long enough.....spinners normally come into their own at the back end of a game on day four/five but by then they were back in the pavilion having tea or out playing golf! He did however play 100% better than Baji with the few overs he bowled. As for choosing Dravid, well that is a no brainer he stands head & shoulders above the rest of the Indian batters & at least he adapts more readily to our bowlers....he also puts some effort into his game, something that was sadly lacking from a few of the Indian players. Zaheer might have made a difference if he had put some work in before the tests he was/is overweight & obviously out of condition & Sehwag didn't appear interested, I think past glories have gone to their heads.....it is here & now that counts...not what you did in the past!

  • POSTED BY on | August 16, 2011, 18:11 GMT

    Swann has barely mentioned India in this interview, confining his comments to his team mates, yet we still get aggressive, one eyed, ill informed, bragging remarks from their fans. What is wrong with them and this site? No doubt this will not get published.

  • POSTED BY GHemrajani on | August 16, 2011, 18:34 GMT

    Given the conditions, Swann has still done well picking up the odd wicket to keep the heat on India. He doesnt drop much at slip and has picked a few catches that helps the faster bowler and to keep the pressure. He is a bowler of real substance and a decent bat. I would always have him in my 11 regardless of the conditions. No annual leave Swann!

  • POSTED BY Yabba on | August 16, 2011, 18:43 GMT

    zico123 - that has to be the most inane thing I've ever read. It's unfair that India lose their No1 status as they have no strength in depth is basically what you're saying - which is why they do not deserve to be no.1. Sehwag's absence was his choice - he waited until after the World Cup and the lucrative IPL until he had his operation, which made him miss the start of the series. Zaheer Khan didn't tour the West Indies and was without any warm up so was liable to break down and Gambhir has played in 2 of the 3 tests anyway so what's your point about him? India still has Dravid, Tendulkar, Laxman & Dhoni - who have all failed!

    England's bowling is not good enough to win in the sub-continent? Give them a chance to play there in a test series before making such a sweeping statement. We know India's attack cannot bowl in supposedly bowler friendly conditions in England and look incapable of taking 20 wickets to win a game - yet you still assert they should stiill be No.1.