General News | 16th February 2009
Newell: Swann Needs Quick Impression
Notts Director of Cricket Mick Newell has backed Graeme Swann to make an impact in England’s Second Test against West Indies in Antigua.
The Nottinghamshire spinner replaced Monty Panesar in the England team after the match was hastily moved to the Antigua Recreation Ground because of an unsafe outfield at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium.
“The game could be set up nicely for Graeme and it’s important that he makes a quick impression so that he can stay in the side for an extended period of time,” said Newell.
“It’s difficult to explain why the decision was made to replace Monty but the fact that they made the change shows that it’s a tough call between the two of them.
“The decision should be made on bowling skills first and Graeme has to make sure that he produces enough wicket-taking deliveries.”
Ryan Sidebottom was left out of the side to accommodate Steve Harmison but Stuart Broad retained his place.
Graeme Swann became the second England player to take two wickets in his first Test Match over