Swann: "Bring
On The Ashes."

Featured News | 24th January 2013

Nottinghamshire spinner Graeme Swann is anticipating an electric atmosphere and a fiercely contested fixture when the 2013 Investec Ashes Series begins at Trent Bridge in July.

With a sell-out crowd already guaranteed, Swann is keen to reap the advantage of familiar conditions at his home venue.

"For Nottingham to host a Test match - and the opening Test match of this series - is fantastic and I cannot wait to play in it," said Swann.

"We get such a good crowd here filling the ground every day and the atmosphere is always electric."

"We get such a good crowd here filling the ground every day and the atmosphere is always electric.

"We have had some amazing Tests against the Indians and South Africa, but nothing quite matches the Ashes. When you are on the field there is no love lost and it is absolute carnage out there.”

Swann has praised England's policy of resting key players to preserve them for key matches and prolong their international careers.

The 33-year old has sat out of England's limited overs series in India but will play a leading role in New Zealand throughout February and March.

"I needed a rest after the exploits of the winter," said Swann.

"A lot of people are against having a rest and having family time, but it prolongs your career.

"I have two young children and they take up a lot of my time. You end up flicking the television on and there's a game there and it's strange that you are not involved in it.

"But I'm very grateful I was given a chance to miss a few games."

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