Swann happy to carry on being a spectator

Updated: 04 August 2010 15:47 IST

Graeme Swann has no problems with watching on from the slips in the second Test against Pakistan at Edgbaston if it means England have wrapped up another victor

Swann happy to carry on being a spectator

Birmingham:

Graeme Swann has no problems with watching on from the slips in the second Test against Pakistan at Edgbaston if it means England have wrapped up another crushing victory.

England won the first of a four-Test series at Trent Bridge on Sunday by a mammoth 354 runs, in a match where off-spinner Swann bowled just two overs on his Nottinghamshire home ground.

Swann may have been a key figure for England during much of the past 18 months but found himself in a supporting role at Trent Bridge where swing bowler James Anderson took career-best match figures of 11 wickets for 71 runs.

Conditions at Edgbaston, where Nottinghamshire and England fast bowler Stuart Broad took eight for 52 in a County Championship match a few weeks ago, could well be similar.

"It's not that strange for me to stand at Trent Bridge and not do much bowling - because I do that for Notts a lot of the time," Swann told reporters at Edgbaston here on Wednesday.

"Whenever I go into a game, you always expect the worst. When I say the worst, I mean expect to bowl 30 overs in an innings - and really feel it afterwards.

"It was kind of novel but kind of nice. I said to Straussy (England captain Andrew Strauss) on the last morning (at Trent Bridge) 'in an ideal world, I won't even have to get warmed up today - because that means we are taking wickets'. And so it was.

"Jimmy was exceptional. But I kind of expected him to be because I knew it was going to swing at Trent Bridge.

"It was nice just to have the best view in the house, just sit on an armchair at slip and watch it.

"If I get a couple of wickets (as well), I'll be perfectly happy.

"But if the game went exactly the same as the other one, it wouldn't bother me much - because it means we're 2-0 up.

"I'm not saying that all phoney - like 'as long as the team wins, I'm happy'. I am inherently lazy, so if I didn't have to do anything for three-and-a-half days apart from watching my mates do the work so be it."

Turning to Edgbaston, Swann said: "It swung here for Stuart Broad two weeks ago and he got eight wickets in their (Warwickshire's) second innings.

"I would hope for a repeat of what happened at Trent Bridge," added Swann who took the slip catch that ended the first Test when he caught Mohammad Asif off Anderson.

"If conditions suit, in England we are a very good bowling attack. If the rain and clouds stay around for five days I can't see why we won't be equally hard to bat against."

But Swann insisted it would be wrong to draw too many conclusions from this series in relation to England's defence of the Ashes in Australia starting in Brisbane in November.

"We'll re-assess come Australia. The ball might swing there more than people know, the pitches might suit us more than people are giving us credit for.

"Our fast bowlers are very skilful. They are always developing and learning. I'm sure they'll be fine come Brisbane.

"It honestly won't matter what happens this summer come Brisbane. It's a completely different series over there. All we can do is keep on winning games. This series is about this series and winning 4-0, hopefully."



Topics : Cricket Edgbaston, Birmingham
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