General News | 19th November 2008
Swann Confident Of England Turn-Around
Nottinghamshire spinner Graeme Swann has been included in a 12 man England squad to face India in the third one day international in Kanpur.
England Coach Peter Moores will give consideration to naming Swann alongside Samit Patel in a two-pronged spin attack but Ryan Sidebottom is definitely out after suffering a back problem.
"Missing the first two games has been hard for me. I really came out here hoping to play in all seven,” said Swann.
“It’s horrendous to be honest, being in a squad and being so close, doing all the preparation then not getting a chance to play.
"We've lost the last two so I've sat on the sidelines thinking that maybe I could have helped towards an England victory and fingers crossed I will get that chance on Thursday."
England are two down in the series having suffered comprehensive defeats in Mumbai and Indore but Swann is confident that the series is not beyond recovery.
“There’s no point worrying about it but being two down after two games isn’t ideal but thankfully for us it’s a seven match series,” he said.
“If we can win tomorrow and the another one and get on a roll like we did against South Africa then we know we can win this series and that is exactly what we’re planning to do.
“We had a few chances in the last game and I think we let then off the hook a little bit. Their entire top seven are world class one day players so it doesn’t matter who’s batting because we’ve got jobs to do on all of them.
“They had a good series against Australia and they’ve started well against us but make no mistake about it – they’re not the unbelievable world beaters that some of their local press are making them out to be.
“We’ve got talent in our team to match them and Flintoff and Pietersen are undoubtedly two of the best one day cricketers in the world on-song and it only takes one of them to hit a rich vein of form like Yuvraj has and all of a sudden the fielding looks slicker, the bowling looks better the catching looks better and everything fits into place and we’re hoping that happens sooner rather than later.”
England squad to face India in Kanpur: Pietersen (capt), Anderson, Bell, Bopara, Broad, Collingwood, Flintoff, Harmison, Patel, Prior, Shah, Swann.