General News | 11th December 2008
Swann: Move Helped England Ambitions
Graeme Swann has set his sights on maintaining his place in England’s Test side beyond the current tour of India.
Spinner-friendly conditions in Chennai prompted England to include Swann for his Test debut alongside Monty Panesar, eight years on from his first England ODI.
“I don’t just want to fill in for a game. I want to be here for as many Test matches as possible,” said Swann.
“That starts if I can have a good game, get a foot hole, then who knows what can happen.
“Nine and a half years is an awful long time between potentially playing in your first Test match and actually playing in one.
“There are many times when I’d completely written it off but now I’m just happy to be here and will hopefully have a good game.”
Swann cites his move to Notts as a turning point in his career and paid tribute to the efforts of the club in helping him to achieve recognition at the highest level.
“Finding a club in Notts that have been so active in getting their players England recognition and playing for England is an absolute boon for me,” said Swann.
“It’s worked for Ryan Sidebottom, Stuart Broad, myself and Samit Patel. It’s magnificent to be involved in a club who are so proactive in getting their players England recognition.”