General News | 12th December 2008

Swann Makes Dream Test Start

Nottinghamshire spinner Graeme Swann became the second England player to take two wickets in his first over in Test cricket as England made early inroads in India.

India finished day one on 155-6 chasing England’s first innings total of 316 and Swann was the toast of his team mates after dismissing Gambhir and Dravid lbw.

"I was standing there at the end and thinking 'You've worked so hard for this, don't make an idiot of yourself',” said Swann, who fulfilled his brief to exploit favourable conditions in Chennai.

"I've never got nervous before bowling but my knees were going. My first ball felt really light and as soon as I let it go it had gone for four. It was terrible.

"My third ball I couldn't believe my luck. As soon as it hit Gambhir's leg I knew it was out. Daryl Harper took an agonisingly long time to raise his finger and I started jumping round like an idiot. Then everyone was bear-hugging me."

"Hopefully we can capitalise on that tomorrow. If we can take these four wickets - which we will desperately try to do in the morning - and then we get 250-300, we will be in a really good position."

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Graeme Swann

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