Graeme Swann admits preparation for opening Test "not ideal"
Last Updated: November 14, 2012 8:52am
Graeme Swann: Preparation for opening Test disrupted due to ill daughter
Graeme Swann insists he is ready to face India in England's opening Test despite his emergency dash back home to be with his ill baby daughter.
The Nottinghamshire spinner is back with the team in Ahmedabad after a rushing back to England when his daughter Charlotte was taken into hospital.
Swann missed several days of practice, including two of England's three pre-tour warm-up matches, but insists he feels fully prepared for the Ahmedabad Test, which starts on Thursday.
He wrote in his column in the Sun: "I am now totally focused on the First Test after flying home because our little baby was unwell.
"Two long-haul flights in the space of five days is not ideal preparation for the opening match of a huge series for England - but some things are more important than cricket.
"I had sleep flying back to India and any jet-lag has gone. I'm fresh and the ball has been coming out well in practice," wrote.
"I am now concentrating on the Test. I love it when I know I'll have a lot of work to do. The conditions will be hot, the pitches dry and spin will be a big factor in the four-Test series.
"I genuinely believe we can win but we must play better against spin than we did in the three Tests against Pakistan earlier this year.
"We need to get back to playing the same brand of smart, aggressive cricket we did when winning The Ashes a couple of winters ago."