Nottinghamshire spinner Graeme Swann has declared himself ‘ready for the Aussies’ after playing a leading role in England’s first series win in India in 28 years.

Swann will be a key member of the England team that contest the first Investec Ashes Test at Trent Bridge in July.

"I never apologise about getting excited over the Ashes,” said Swann.

“We have a huge year ahead and, after our great win in India, we will be ready for the Aussies.

"There is no doubt we will fancy our chances of retaining the little urn when Australia arrive in the summer  and keeping hold of it when we go Down Under next winter.”

Swann plans to rest a minor calf injury before England return to competitive action in New Zealand in February.

"I have a lovely break now until we go to New Zealand in February,” he said.

“It allows me to sort out one or two niggles - I pulled a calf muscle while batting in Nagpur - and fully refresh and recharge for the year ahead."