Australia v England, 5th Test, Sydney January 1, 2011

Melbourne hangover sorted out - Swann

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Graeme Swann insists there will be no hangover from England's Ashes-retaining heroics in Melbourne as they eye a first series win in Australia in 24 years. The tourists partied hard after holding on to the trophy at the MCG but Swann, who details some of the exploits in his latest video diary, said everyone had re-focused on finishing the Test campaign on a high.

"It's been sorted out already," Swann said after training at the SCG. "We haven't had celebrations going on for many days. We had one night out after the game, you should celebrate a Test victory and an Ashes-retaining victory heavily. I tried to a lead a merry dance, but that was one night and we've moved on."

England will face an unfamiliar Australian line-up after the captain Ricky Ponting was ruled out with a broken finger. That has provided Michael Clarke with his first game in charge and Usman Khawaja, the No.3, and Michael Beer, the spinner, are both expected to debut. It should mean that England have a huge advantage with all their experience, but Swann remains wary of so many news faces.

"On one hand there is a whole pile of pressure on them because it is a New Year's Test match and they will be shaking like big dogs, but on the other hand coming in for your first game can be the best time you ever play because you don't know what it is all about," he said. "You've not got the pressure on your back ... You have to hope it goes the first way as you don't want two people on debut and one getting a five-for and the other a hundred."

Swann has 13 wickets for the series and has been satisfied with his contributions in the wins in Adelaide and Melbourne, but he starts this Test with different expectations on him. This pitch is traditionally a slow bowler's surface and England will look to him to provide significant damage.

"You always look forward to bowling on pitches renowned for spin, but that can bring pressure as well if people expect it to turn square like Sydney did 15 years ago," he said. "I'm reliably informed by people in Australia that it doesn't turn like it used to, but it will offer some assistance later on in the game."

Swann's 64 Test wickets were the most in 2010 and he has been a key man in a series of England successes. "It's been pretty much a dream year," he said. "I got married in January, won the Twenty20World Cup [in May], retained the Ashes in December. If 2011 can be anything like that, I will be over the moon. It's been a dream period for me.

"We've played some very good cricket and there are not many England players who can say they have played in two Ashes, won one, retained the other and won a [Twenty20] World Cup. I'm pretty chuffed the way the last 12 months have gone."

Swann is not sitting back enjoying the view because there is still work to be done to ensure this side is the first since Mike Gatting's in 1986-87 to win the Ashes in Australia. "In South Africa last year I thought I'd draw a line under the end of the year and we got absolutely hammered at the Wanderers," he said. "I'm going to draw a line under this series after the series and hopefully we can win 3-1."

Peter English is the Australasia editor of Cricinfo

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  • Ponmuhil on January 3, 2011, 7:37 GMT

    @ all english fans (including me!), first of all congratulations on winning (retaining) the ashes trophy. I m an Indian but a great fan of English cricket as well .. I ve been following the ashes series more aggressively than our current Ind vs SA series .. to see the pictures of celebration after the melb test was smthin tht will stay a long time .. it will be the end of an era (of aus dominance) .. n India, Eng and SA all have a part in it .. cherish the moment guys! .. the Ind vs Eng series in August would be abs fascinating to watch .. looking forward to it eagerly! .. post ur comments - Ponmuhil R

  • crikey on January 2, 2011, 22:40 GMT

    Shaking like big dogs? Like england were in perth! Swann, you are an idiot.

  • on January 2, 2011, 18:49 GMT

    the best answer from our cool captain.. lets devise a 7 day test format 1st... @addiemanav.. wt say?.. n i back u!..

  • 5wombats on January 2, 2011, 10:44 GMT

    I'd really like for an INDIA fan to explain to me why they are posting on ASHES conversations...............? INDIANS - if you are reading this you are in the wrong conversation - your conversation is SOUTH AFRICA v INDIA....................... INDIAN followers; You will get your chance against England this summer. @longdonkey; worth reminding you that your team no longer contains any sharks. They have been replaced by minnows. I have lived and worked on and off in Australia for years and have put up with some terrible wind ups. Being English I would say just at the moment that Australians in glass houses should not be throwing stones.... "Cat" ha ha ha!

  • addiemanav on January 2, 2011, 6:55 GMT

    @landl47,look man,i didnt say tht the former plyrs decide the fate of the game..ur sarcasm looks out of place,dont hav to tell me that current guys do it..all i was saying was ,that eng can enjoy their win against aus & they shud considering that they had been hammered there on every tour for the last 20yrs..they can reach the top spot,surely..but they need to be gracious enough to acknowledge competition from other places as well..ind r top team,but not by far distance..i accept it..but i am not going to say that we will beat u every day of week..these r great times for test cricket when equally balanced sides are fighting it out against each other.india may not stay at top for a long time,because in another year or 2 our senior players will retire..the period after that will be the toughest for the team..eng has nice blend of age and can reach the top spot!!but lets just wait for challenge in front of us ,the next summer..lets hav some green tops in eng,some square turners in india!!

  • vparisa on January 2, 2011, 2:10 GMT

    Why use ICC rankings to back Swann as the best spin bowler in the world but discard the rankings when it comes to the best test team in the world.

  • AnoopKerala on January 2, 2011, 1:45 GMT

    Swann is not a Master of Off Spin. Even Offspinners can be hitted rather than defended. When you defend you will perish.. Same with the case of Miurali , Harbhajan, Saqlain etc. When tamed Swann will be the most economical bowler for the batting team. We saw it in Australia. Especially Brad Haddin picked him so beautifully. I can saw Swanny feeling immense pressure when bowling against Haddin. So listen others, please....You Dominate Swann from the very first ball... Take some risks in the 3rd and 4th overs of Swann and definitely he'll be the milking Cow.

  • spannersXI on January 1, 2011, 19:40 GMT

    To all the visiting Indian fans why not go and comment on your own teams series against the Saffas??? Go Saffas Back to the Ashes it may not be between the number 1 and 2 ranked teams but ask any aussie or pom fan and it's the series they care about above any other. England will win in Sydney unless the weather gets in the way because they have the best spinner in the world according to the much quoted ICC rankings and the SCG traditionally takes spin. Much respect to Andy Flower as a former Zim star he must be used to getting the most out of the resources to hand and he certainly has taken England to a new level they are not there yet but they look set to go to the top. England will have a few bumps along the way but they will progress up the rankings as they have the right blend of age and experience and strength in depth in the pace bowling dept

    Looking forward to Indian vitriol but your days at the top are limited stars too old look at Aus team now, your turn next..!

  • voma on January 1, 2011, 18:36 GMT

    Obviously England have been incredibly lucky taking so many wickets and scoring so many runs , or perhaps as logic may explain we are simply cruising . It doesnt matter if Australia win the 5th test , we have retained the ashes . And to boot beaten our oldest foe twice easily . Im for one am looking forward to India and Sri Lanka visiting next summer .

  • addiemanav on January 1, 2011, 17:59 GMT

    @Shan156 i wud also like to add that this english team is not as good as the eng team during michael vaughan's leadership ..that was some 18month period in 04-05,when they were beating SA,WI,and also the ashes..that was the team to beat..and u r also also right in saying that we dont hav any other sport to enjoy coz we r pathetic in soccer..hockey is as gud as dead..so yes,cricket is the only thing we love,and talk about..cant help it!!

  • Ponmuhil on January 3, 2011, 7:37 GMT

    @ all english fans (including me!), first of all congratulations on winning (retaining) the ashes trophy. I m an Indian but a great fan of English cricket as well .. I ve been following the ashes series more aggressively than our current Ind vs SA series .. to see the pictures of celebration after the melb test was smthin tht will stay a long time .. it will be the end of an era (of aus dominance) .. n India, Eng and SA all have a part in it .. cherish the moment guys! .. the Ind vs Eng series in August would be abs fascinating to watch .. looking forward to it eagerly! .. post ur comments - Ponmuhil R

  • crikey on January 2, 2011, 22:40 GMT

    Shaking like big dogs? Like england were in perth! Swann, you are an idiot.

  • on January 2, 2011, 18:49 GMT

    the best answer from our cool captain.. lets devise a 7 day test format 1st... @addiemanav.. wt say?.. n i back u!..

  • 5wombats on January 2, 2011, 10:44 GMT

    I'd really like for an INDIA fan to explain to me why they are posting on ASHES conversations...............? INDIANS - if you are reading this you are in the wrong conversation - your conversation is SOUTH AFRICA v INDIA....................... INDIAN followers; You will get your chance against England this summer. @longdonkey; worth reminding you that your team no longer contains any sharks. They have been replaced by minnows. I have lived and worked on and off in Australia for years and have put up with some terrible wind ups. Being English I would say just at the moment that Australians in glass houses should not be throwing stones.... "Cat" ha ha ha!

  • addiemanav on January 2, 2011, 6:55 GMT

    @landl47,look man,i didnt say tht the former plyrs decide the fate of the game..ur sarcasm looks out of place,dont hav to tell me that current guys do it..all i was saying was ,that eng can enjoy their win against aus & they shud considering that they had been hammered there on every tour for the last 20yrs..they can reach the top spot,surely..but they need to be gracious enough to acknowledge competition from other places as well..ind r top team,but not by far distance..i accept it..but i am not going to say that we will beat u every day of week..these r great times for test cricket when equally balanced sides are fighting it out against each other.india may not stay at top for a long time,because in another year or 2 our senior players will retire..the period after that will be the toughest for the team..eng has nice blend of age and can reach the top spot!!but lets just wait for challenge in front of us ,the next summer..lets hav some green tops in eng,some square turners in india!!

  • vparisa on January 2, 2011, 2:10 GMT

    Why use ICC rankings to back Swann as the best spin bowler in the world but discard the rankings when it comes to the best test team in the world.

  • AnoopKerala on January 2, 2011, 1:45 GMT

    Swann is not a Master of Off Spin. Even Offspinners can be hitted rather than defended. When you defend you will perish.. Same with the case of Miurali , Harbhajan, Saqlain etc. When tamed Swann will be the most economical bowler for the batting team. We saw it in Australia. Especially Brad Haddin picked him so beautifully. I can saw Swanny feeling immense pressure when bowling against Haddin. So listen others, please....You Dominate Swann from the very first ball... Take some risks in the 3rd and 4th overs of Swann and definitely he'll be the milking Cow.

  • spannersXI on January 1, 2011, 19:40 GMT

    To all the visiting Indian fans why not go and comment on your own teams series against the Saffas??? Go Saffas Back to the Ashes it may not be between the number 1 and 2 ranked teams but ask any aussie or pom fan and it's the series they care about above any other. England will win in Sydney unless the weather gets in the way because they have the best spinner in the world according to the much quoted ICC rankings and the SCG traditionally takes spin. Much respect to Andy Flower as a former Zim star he must be used to getting the most out of the resources to hand and he certainly has taken England to a new level they are not there yet but they look set to go to the top. England will have a few bumps along the way but they will progress up the rankings as they have the right blend of age and experience and strength in depth in the pace bowling dept

    Looking forward to Indian vitriol but your days at the top are limited stars too old look at Aus team now, your turn next..!

  • voma on January 1, 2011, 18:36 GMT

    Obviously England have been incredibly lucky taking so many wickets and scoring so many runs , or perhaps as logic may explain we are simply cruising . It doesnt matter if Australia win the 5th test , we have retained the ashes . And to boot beaten our oldest foe twice easily . Im for one am looking forward to India and Sri Lanka visiting next summer .

  • addiemanav on January 1, 2011, 17:59 GMT

    @Shan156 i wud also like to add that this english team is not as good as the eng team during michael vaughan's leadership ..that was some 18month period in 04-05,when they were beating SA,WI,and also the ashes..that was the team to beat..and u r also also right in saying that we dont hav any other sport to enjoy coz we r pathetic in soccer..hockey is as gud as dead..so yes,cricket is the only thing we love,and talk about..cant help it!!

  • addiemanav on January 1, 2011, 17:36 GMT

    @Shan156,look man,my previous post may hav been a bit too arrogant but it was a reaction to darren gough's remark..indian fans dont go and say they'll be beating a side every day of the week..they cant,i know that..and seriously nobody cant(only WI in 80s & aussies in last decade hav done it)..i personally like this english team..they are extremely balanced..but the problem i hav is that some people do not want to agree that india are currently no.1..these times r very different as there is little to choose between the top 3-4 teams..every team reaches the top after a lot of struggle..india's escalation is not sudden..it started in 2000,when ganguly was made the captain..that time match-fixing scandal had hit the team badly and they needed some real characters to come back..the 2001 ind-aus series was the spark..we indian fans used to celebrate away wins in zimbabwe then..from that period ind started winning atleast 1game in the series outside & now they hav graduated to series wins!

  • Aussasinator on January 1, 2011, 17:03 GMT

    It will be less one sided. The Australian batting finally looks like its getting into rejuvenation mode. But England have the egde still. All they need in the worst of circumstances and inspired herocis by Clarke is to draw the match. I feel both Australia and England will take a draw as victory.

  • Shan156 on January 1, 2011, 16:44 GMT

    @addiemanav,

    No one is more arrogant than Indian fans fella. If Darren Gough says that England can beat India, then it is arrogant. But if addiemanav says that India will beat England, it is confidence. Hypocrite. Yes, England has an ordinary record against India in the last 2 decades. So what? India has not won a single series in Australia or South Africa and it has been a long time since they won a series in SL.

    England fans have other sports to turn to if they aren't doing well in one. India has none. The only sport they are good at is cricket. However, the way Indian fans speak, it is as if they are the best in everything. We, England fans, do not care if our teams don't do well in cricket or soccer. We enjoy the moment and move on. It is just a sport. It is you guys who take this sport so seriously since you obviously have nothing else to enjoy.

  • on January 1, 2011, 16:08 GMT

    I'm going to say this will be a closer match than anything we have had this series. Still hoping for an England victory, but I think this one will go to the fifth day and give us a result.

  • landl47 on January 1, 2011, 15:44 GMT

    @addiemanav: interesting theory. For the current England team to win, former players have to shed their over-confidence and arrogance. You'll have to explain to me how that works, because I was under the impression that it's the current players who decide the outcome of games. Still, I'm sure if it will help England to win, the former players will do whatever it takes. As for beating India, the last time an English team didn't lose in Australia was 1986/7, so there is some precedent for this English team doing rather better than its predecessors. I'm looking forward to seeing how England copes with the #1 side later this year.

  • landl47 on January 1, 2011, 15:35 GMT

    @longdonkey: scientists all over the world have been startled by a new development in evolution. It seems that a goldfish in England has turned into a cat, in just a couple of years. "We don't know what to make of it" said celebrated biologist Andrew Hilditch, Ph.D. By a startling coincidence, at the exact same time, a cat in Australia has turned into a goldfish. "All the teeth and claws are gone" commented a visibly shaken Hilditch. "Just a few years ago it was the biggest, fiercest cat in the world, and now look at it. We keep hoping we'll wake up and find this is just a bad dream." In other news, an English group is hoping to achieve a successful result to their latest experiment. They hope that by the 7th January they will be able to report having turned Beer into whine.

  • on January 1, 2011, 15:33 GMT

    I have been supportin the poms throughout the series...but i hope they dont win the sydney test...i dont think a lot of people can take one more sprinkler attack...

  • landl47 on January 1, 2011, 15:21 GMT

    @Deon Laubscher: I agree with you, and if you've read these forums at all regularly, you'll have seen that I've said several times that Warne is the best bowler I've ever seen, spin or seam, in my over 50 years of watching cricket. That doesn't mean that there haven't been other fine spin bowlers- Benaud, the Indian quartet of the 1970s, Derek Underwood, Kumble, Murali (who I don't rank right at the top because I'm still convinced he threw the ball occasionally), Harbhajan and so on. Of the others, Swann is worthy to be included in the list and just at the moment is the best spin bowler out there. However, for any spin bowler who isn't Warne, a bit of turn in the wicket helps them to bowl at their best. It would be nice to see that at Sydney.

  • trenta01 on January 1, 2011, 14:59 GMT

    Yes I rightly recall England was outraged at Shane Warnes dancing, but hey what can you do I didn't meet an English cricket supporter until just after the edgbaston test in 2005 and I have been following the game for thirty years. What few people realise is that since pontings reign in aus v england test matches the ledger reads 8 wins to aus 6 to eng and 5 draws england have been really lucky to win the series 3 times maybe once or twice they deserved it, English cricket supporters are a bit like lotto winners who believe their victories come through skill let them have their time in the sun

  • on January 1, 2011, 13:09 GMT

    englend v/s austrelia my fav. austrelia last test.

  • voma on January 1, 2011, 12:21 GMT

    That comment about the gold fish and the cat by longdonkey is without doubt the funniest thing have ever read on this site. I have followed England for the last 30 years and remember quite clearlywhen a portly shane warne done his victory dance on the balconey . With a stump over his head , i dont remember england fans complaining ! . In fact the barmy army has massive respect for warnie , which is more than can be said about this current Australia side .

  • UA112 on January 1, 2011, 12:04 GMT

    As an Indian fan, I am looking forward to this test (almost!) as much as the Cape Town test between India and South Africa. It is going to be utterly fascinating to see how both teams respond the the change of circumstances since the last test - i.e. the Ashes gone, Ponting's injury etc. As we all know, new teams in whatever sport regularly get a 'boost' or 'bounce' with new leadership in place - for whatever length of time. Still think that Australia are the team with major issues whereas England seem to be rather settled. However, I think that despite what has gone before in the series, with no other reason other than hunch backing me up, that Australia will put up a fight in the final test and it may not go totally to plan for England. Perhaps hubris set in a little too early on the part of England, driven entirely by the media and ex-players and we shall see from tomorrow whether or not it has affected the current players. Here is to two tantalising tests starting tomorrow!

  • on January 1, 2011, 11:42 GMT

    I wish some people were able to recognise the difference between over-confidence and self-belief. As far as I'm aware, altho I stand to be corrected, no-one in the England squad has made any predictions either about the 5th test nor about England becoming the number one side in the world. If they have, then that is over-confidence. What the England team have is the self-belief, and quite rightly so given their past performances, that they have the ability and momentum to win the 5th test. They also have aspirations to go on to become the top dogs. Surely, no team should ever go into a match, particularly one as important as the 5th test is, expecting to lose. If they do, then they deserve to lose. Similarly all teams should aspire to become the number one team in the world, since that is the ultimate. You may never achieve it, but lack of ambition is the key to failure.

  • pull2open on January 1, 2011, 11:34 GMT

    @ Deon Laubscher: Is Swann himself claiming to be as good as Warne? I don't think so: anyone claiming that would be barmy. And sure, Warne could turn it anywhere and on any surface, but then wristspinners always rev it more than offies - that's simple biophysics. Doesn't alter the fact that, right now, Swann is right up there amongst world spinners, and streets ahead of anyone current that Australia can field.

  • icesingh on January 1, 2011, 11:04 GMT

    It is the end of an era. Continuous dominance brings arrogance into any team. the Windies had it in their hayday and the Aussies had it in theirs, but the main point is they have had their day now it is time for someone else. Will it be the Indians? The English? or the South Africans? that is the battle I really want to see. I tri nation test tournament to battle it out.

    The only thing that is holding the Indians back at this precise moment is the BCCI commitments to the commercial revenue streams. Had the Indians played warm up games like everyone else does when going on tour then I believe the innings defeat may not have happened.

    Whoever get to be the number 1 ranked team in the world this year will not have it their own way for as long as the Windies or the Aussies had it, simply because when those teams started to dominate they had no competition this time it is different.

    Swann is a world class bowler but that only because he knows his limits, and doesn't exceed them.

  • Chapelau on January 1, 2011, 10:24 GMT

    @longdonkey - I will resist obvious puns on the name...you are dreaming bud. The "cat" has no teeth, arthritis and chokes anmd collapses regularly... the Goldfish on the other hand is more like a shark and way more cunning and skilful than the dumb cat. Get over the sour grapes - we have suffered Ozzie arrogance and big heads for far too long - get used to a little of yoru own medicine.... who was it who said 5-0 ... what a joke!

  • on January 1, 2011, 9:54 GMT

    @ landl47: and that would be the difference between swann and warne. warne could turn it ANYWHERE and get wickets ANYWHERE

  • The_Wog on January 1, 2011, 9:47 GMT

    Good point Longdonkey (if that IS your real name...). Some people were apparently even outraged that AUS celebrated too long in a huddle after taking the 20th wicket in Sydney 2008.

    You just need to understand the rules under which international cricket it conducted:

    1) If AUS does it, it's outrageous. 2) If the other teams do it, it's OK because they're giving it back to AUS.

    Just read some Peter Roebuck "balanced" commentary about team behaviours and you'll understand how the game works.

  • The_Frame on January 1, 2011, 9:25 GMT

    yes i think swann will finish on a high and i believe England will win this series 3-1, if you look at the stats of the series England deserve to win 3-1, being the most dominant side in all formats. The difference for this side is quite a few of the players, the key players have dealt with the australian demons, the likes of cook, strauss, bell, anderson. Even people like tremlett and bresnan have seemed to improve beyond recognition to their previous performances and i think this is all down to flower and the belief he has installed into the team. These people all had the ability and now they are forfilling it and showing what a strong unit they are.

  • elmo_leon on January 1, 2011, 9:10 GMT

    @KURUWITA he married in January 2010.

  • on January 1, 2011, 8:47 GMT

    Swaan getting better and better now as world class spinner. On the other hand aussies falling down in their skills and professionalism. It is good to see England got a genuine spinner....

  • Lepet42 on January 1, 2011, 8:45 GMT

    Not sure what over confidence or arrogance England currently have as per previous poster but he is obviously worrying about his team when they visit England this summer as I would be!! Personally I think Eng are handling the situation very professionally and as per another poster I hop this wicket enables Swanny to get a bag for of wickets and shows Warne ho to bowl!!

  • landl47 on January 1, 2011, 7:49 GMT

    It would be nice to see Swanny getting a wicket that helped him a bit for a change. In the 4 tests so far, only Adelaide has offered anything for the spinner, and Swann got a five-for there. In the other three tests nothing has turned at all. I thought Swann bowled one of the great spells of slow bowling I've seen at Melbourne, when he bowled over 20 overs on the third day for about a run an over and one wicket. He tied up one end completely and the seamers were able to cash in at the other end. To be able to do that on a pitch that wasn't taking turn at all was masterful. If the Sydney pitch takes turn, look for Swann to play a major role.

  • longdonkey on January 1, 2011, 6:18 GMT

    I noticed that all those people who were outraged over Warney dancing with a stump above his head didn't seem to be outraged over the sprinkler dance. Just makes it sweeter the next time we beat you. The taunting we tend to be receiving from English fans is like a goldfish giving the finger to the cat whose just eaten 10 of his mates but the goldfish can't remember what happened to them. :-)

  • LALITHKURUWITA on January 1, 2011, 5:59 GMT

    If he has to repeat the same in 2011, he has to first marry.

  • addiemanav on January 1, 2011, 5:37 GMT

    when i first looked at the photo,thought the england team were singing an old hindi song 'O majhhi re!!!' eng can win it but they really need to shed the new over confidence and arrogance that they hav got!!current players are still modest but look at some of the former players!!darren gough says that eng can beat india every day of the week...ya,right!!bring it on!!next summer ind will travel to eng for 4tests to beat eng for 2nd consecutive time in eng..also wud like to remind that eng last beat ind was in 96,1-0 and hav lost 3 out of 5 series and drawn the other 2!!

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  • addiemanav on January 1, 2011, 5:37 GMT

    when i first looked at the photo,thought the england team were singing an old hindi song 'O majhhi re!!!' eng can win it but they really need to shed the new over confidence and arrogance that they hav got!!current players are still modest but look at some of the former players!!darren gough says that eng can beat india every day of the week...ya,right!!bring it on!!next summer ind will travel to eng for 4tests to beat eng for 2nd consecutive time in eng..also wud like to remind that eng last beat ind was in 96,1-0 and hav lost 3 out of 5 series and drawn the other 2!!

  • LALITHKURUWITA on January 1, 2011, 5:59 GMT

    If he has to repeat the same in 2011, he has to first marry.

  • longdonkey on January 1, 2011, 6:18 GMT

    I noticed that all those people who were outraged over Warney dancing with a stump above his head didn't seem to be outraged over the sprinkler dance. Just makes it sweeter the next time we beat you. The taunting we tend to be receiving from English fans is like a goldfish giving the finger to the cat whose just eaten 10 of his mates but the goldfish can't remember what happened to them. :-)

  • landl47 on January 1, 2011, 7:49 GMT

    It would be nice to see Swanny getting a wicket that helped him a bit for a change. In the 4 tests so far, only Adelaide has offered anything for the spinner, and Swann got a five-for there. In the other three tests nothing has turned at all. I thought Swann bowled one of the great spells of slow bowling I've seen at Melbourne, when he bowled over 20 overs on the third day for about a run an over and one wicket. He tied up one end completely and the seamers were able to cash in at the other end. To be able to do that on a pitch that wasn't taking turn at all was masterful. If the Sydney pitch takes turn, look for Swann to play a major role.

  • Lepet42 on January 1, 2011, 8:45 GMT

    Not sure what over confidence or arrogance England currently have as per previous poster but he is obviously worrying about his team when they visit England this summer as I would be!! Personally I think Eng are handling the situation very professionally and as per another poster I hop this wicket enables Swanny to get a bag for of wickets and shows Warne ho to bowl!!

  • on January 1, 2011, 8:47 GMT

    Swaan getting better and better now as world class spinner. On the other hand aussies falling down in their skills and professionalism. It is good to see England got a genuine spinner....

  • elmo_leon on January 1, 2011, 9:10 GMT

    @KURUWITA he married in January 2010.

  • The_Frame on January 1, 2011, 9:25 GMT

    yes i think swann will finish on a high and i believe England will win this series 3-1, if you look at the stats of the series England deserve to win 3-1, being the most dominant side in all formats. The difference for this side is quite a few of the players, the key players have dealt with the australian demons, the likes of cook, strauss, bell, anderson. Even people like tremlett and bresnan have seemed to improve beyond recognition to their previous performances and i think this is all down to flower and the belief he has installed into the team. These people all had the ability and now they are forfilling it and showing what a strong unit they are.

  • The_Wog on January 1, 2011, 9:47 GMT

    Good point Longdonkey (if that IS your real name...). Some people were apparently even outraged that AUS celebrated too long in a huddle after taking the 20th wicket in Sydney 2008.

    You just need to understand the rules under which international cricket it conducted:

    1) If AUS does it, it's outrageous. 2) If the other teams do it, it's OK because they're giving it back to AUS.

    Just read some Peter Roebuck "balanced" commentary about team behaviours and you'll understand how the game works.

  • on January 1, 2011, 9:54 GMT

    @ landl47: and that would be the difference between swann and warne. warne could turn it ANYWHERE and get wickets ANYWHERE