Swann wants to silence Indian crowd

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Published: Thursday, February 24, 2011, 9:57 [IST]
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Swann wants to silence Indian crowd

England off-spinner Graeme Swann likes the sound of silence, especially, the silence he will evoke from the Indian crowd at Bangalore's Channaswamy stadium, if England manage to overpower India in Sunday's World Cup tie.

"We had a very poor time of things in the one-day series here a couple of years ago", obsered the 31-year old tweaker. "So that's certainly something we want to turn around because there is nothing better than silencing an Indian crowd."

But Swann, who is coming off a stellar year where he was the highest Test wicket-taker, recognises the need for England to up their game, especially after a lacklustre show against the Dutch in Tuesday's game. Swann returned figures of 2/35, but the field was riddled with drop catches and wayward bowling.

"Come Bangalore it will be a huge game and one we will need to raise our standards for, particularly in the field because, let's face it, we were like a bunch of schoolboys (against the Netherlands).

Swann, who had been grappling with a knee injury, was pleased by the way he bowled upon returning to international cricket "I'm delighted because I've let the team down a couple of times before after a bit of a break and promised I wouldn't do it this time, so I'm glad I lived up to my word."

Swann joined up late with the squad following the birth of his son, Wilfred, and he admitted: "Within two days of the little fellow coming into the world I'm saying a teary goodbye. That's our lot as international cricketers."

Oneindia Cricket

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