No stopping Swann - poll
Almost half of participants in a skysports.com poll believe Graeme Swann will be England's top Ashes wicket-taker.
Last Updated: 28/10/10 9:09am
Almost half of 7,000 participants in a skysports.com poll believe Graeme Swann will be England's top wicket taker at this year's Ashes.
The Nottinghamshire off-spinner, who has taken 113 Test wickets, played in all five matches of the 2009 Ashes series. He finished the series with 14 wickets, second only to Stuart Broad, who took 18 over the course of the series.
Despite that four-wicket difference four years ago, 49.4 per cent of those who entered the poll believe Swann will prove to be lethal with the ball, while only 16.9 per cent think Broad can repeat his form from last summer.
Skysports.com voters believe the spin of Swann will be a more useful weapon than Broad's fast-medium style in the dry, Australian heat. This would also explain their lack of faith in James Anderson, who only received 16.2 per cent of the vote despite 188 wickets in the Test arena.
Away from England's potent attacking trident, readers hold little hope for Monty Panesar, Tim Bresnan, Chris Tremlett or Steve Finn to claim the accolade of England's highest wicket taker.
Panesar and his slow left arm have taken 126 Test wickets, but only 6.5 per cent of the poll believes he will lead England's bowling figures. Similarly, Bresnan (14 wickets in 5 Tests) and Tremlett (13 wickets in 3 Tests) have only 1.7 and 1.6 per cent of the vote respectively.
Twenty-one-year-old Steve Finn, who has taken 32 wickets in 8 Tests and is regarded as one of the world's most promising young quick bowlers, received 5.1 per cent of votes.
Bookmakers Sky Bet agree with our readers and make Swann even money favourite to lead England's wicket-taking. The stalwarts Broad and Anderson are 7/2 and 3/1 respectively, while Steve Finn is available at 5/1.
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