General News | 29th October 2008

Swann Plays His Way Into Contention

Graeme Swann has re-affirmed his belief that England should play two spinners in Saturday’s million-dollars-a-man fixture against Stanford Superstars in Antigua.

The Nottinghamshire spinner had Justin Guillen caught behind by Matt Prior as England beat Trinidad and Tobago by one run in their final warm-up game, boosting his chances of joining Samit Patel in the team for the showpiece fixture.

"Twenty20 is made for spinners," said Swann, who wasn’t selected for England’s first warm-up game against Middlesex.

"Missing out on the one-dayers in the summer hurt more than anything I've felt in a long time. Not playing the other day felt exactly the same as that. The money didn't come into it.

“The more pace you take off the ball, the harder it is to score runs. Watching the ball spin, grip and turn so far has done my chances no harm."

Ryan Sidebottom is a major doubt for Saturday’s game after picking up a calf injury.

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