Featured News | 19th July 2009

Swann Anticipates Tense Finale

Nottinghamshire spinner Graeme Swann remains confident that England can force victory on the final day of the second npower Ashes Test against Australia at Lord’s.

Michael Clarke and Brad Haddin shared a 185-run partnership to guide the tourists to 313-5, 209 runs short of their own victory target.

"We still have a new ball with Andrew Flintoff roaring in at 90mph and James Anderson swinging it at the other end," said Swann, who was fortuitous in dismissing Mike Hussey, adjudged caught at slip although replays suggested that there was no edge.

"If it didn't hit his edge then unlucky to Huss, who is a good mate of mine, I'm sure he didn't deserve that. But as far as we were concerned it was a legitimate catch.

"It was the sound, deviation and that fact it went to slip - and the sheer excitement of getting one past the bat after Cardiff.

"Wickets tend to fall in groups, so if we get one then two will be close behind. It wouldn't be an Ashes Test if it wasn't nail-bitingly close."

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Graeme Swann

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