Graeme Swann says England are taking nothing for granted ahead of The Ashes

Last Updated: 09/07/13 8:36am

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Ahead of the first Ashes Test England and Australia have both been training at Trent Bridge and Graeme Swann thinks England have a great chance of winning.

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Graeme Swann insists England will be fully prepared for whatever Australia throw at them and has dismissed suggestions they will take the tourists lightly in the Ashes.

The five-Test series, which can be seen live on Sky Sports, begins at Trent Bridge on Wednesday, with England highly-fancied to record a third straight series win after a comfortable 3-1 victory in Australia in 2010/11.

With Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath and Ricky Ponting retired, the tourists are no longer packed with superstar names, but Swann says England know exactly what to expect.

"In this day and age with so much footage and so many analysts around the world, we've got pretty good dossiers on every player so come Wednesday if there are any surprises in the Australia selection, it won't throw us too much," said the spinner.

Swann refuted allegations of complacency in the England camp, adding: "I don't think we see ourselves as a dominant force.

"We climbed up to No 1 in the world which we were pleased about, but we didn't stay there very long. We are continually aiming to improve and we've got to get back up there and until we are, we certainly won't see ourselves as a dominant force."

Swann said Alastair Cook's side were taking inspiration from a successful weekend for British sport after the Lions' victory over Australia and Andy Murray's sensational victory over Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon men's final.

"There's no more pressure on us. It's fantastic for the country," he added. "Britain is a proud sporting nation.

"There's a feel-good factor that comes from a nation's sporting team doing well and we hope to tap into that and hopefully in six weeks time we can be put alongside those guys."

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