Graeme Swann insists it has to be a team effort by England against India

Last Updated: 30/10/12 7:28am

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Graeme Swann: Has warned about putting too much pressure on him in India

Graeme Swann: Has warned about putting too much pressure on him in India

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Graeme Swann has warned that England will be in deep trouble if they expect him to single-handedly win the up-coming Test series against India.

Swann is England's premier slow bowler, and has a good record on the sub-continent having made his debut in India in 2008.

But he insists it has to be a team effort in the forthcoming Tests, especially as one or two of the four wickets might not be spin friendly.

Speaking ahead of the first Test in Ahmedabad, which will start on 15 November, Swann told the Independent: "As a spinner it stands to reason that when you go to the sub-continent people are going to look to you and how you bowl.

"But if we do turn up just expecting the spinner to win the series for us then we're screwed.

"The key to Test cricket is that the more you play the more confident you get and the more confident you get ergo you bowl more consistently.

"Having looked at the schedule I know two of the pitches might turn, in Kolkata and Mumbai.

"I am not sure about the other two. I have been reliably informed that Nagpur is the flattest wicket ever devised by groundsmen but that was by Cooky (Alastair Cook), who got a hundred there on his debut."


Swann made his debut in the first Test in Chennai in 2008, taking four wickets in the match. Although England lost by six wickets, thanks to Sachin Tendulkar's 103, Swann loved the experience and is looking forward to returning.

The spinner continued: "It all started for me there and I can't quite believe it has come round again so quickly. It all seems like a dream when I think about the start of it.

"I remember the smells that were wafting over the ground when I took the ball. It's all very romantic when I think back.

"The rose-tinted glasses are removed of course because of the fact that we had 360-odd chased down at a canter by Mr Tendulkar. But it's got fond memories for me personally because I did well.

"To realise that you can compete at a level that you have always had a sneaking suspicion that you weren't good enough for is one of the greatest weights ever to be lifted off your shoulders.

"I will be indebted to those first two Test matches for making me realise it was just another game of cricket."

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