England line-up stronger than India's: Swann

Published: Wednesday, July 20, 2011, 0:00 [IST]
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London, Jul 20: England off-spinner Graeme Swann today sought to spice up the much-anticipated Test series against India, starting at Lord''s on Thursday by claiming that his side's top order batsmen are better than the famed batting line-up of the visiting team.

Swann said England have a superior batting line-up to India's and expects them to prove it during the four-match Test series.

"They have got a very good batting line-up but I''d argue whether they are the best in the world at the minute because I think our top six might be," said Swann.

"Their records certainly stack against each other," said Swann when asked about the challenge of facing up to the likes of Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman in the second half of the summer.

The Test series will see a modified version of Decision Review System in operation with Hot-Spot and snickometer to be employed but Swann rued the absence of Hawk-Eye ball-tracking technology as it will only be worth challenging caught-behind decisions and not LBWs.

Swann, who has taken 140 wickets in 32 Tests since making his debut in India in December 2008, has benefited from the introduction of the DRS, particularly with LBW shouts.

"It would be nice if we were using it (DRS). It has been a great introduction to Test cricket over last two-three years and it works. But so be it, the powers that be have decided we are only using it for I think caught behinds," he said.


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