Graeme Swann predicts 4-0 drubbing

Published: Friday, August 5, 2011, 10:00 [IST]
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Graeme Swann predicts 4-0 drubbing

Edgbaston, Aug 5: Declaring himself fit for the third cricket Test against India, England off-spinner Graeme Swann said given the momentum his team has, it is well on course to completing a 4-0 series whitewash against the world number one visiting side.

Swann had been in doubt for the Test starting August 10 after being hit on his left hand while batting but scans have ruled out any major damage.

England lead the four-match series 2-0 after dominating displays at the Lord's and Trent Bridge and Swann said the hosts could well make it 4-0 in the final analysis.

"I''d like to think that it''s possible to win 4-0. A lot of things have to go in our favour, but if they do, it'll be a nice thing to aim for. We''re the only team who can win it 4-0," Swann was quoted as saying by the ''Daily Telegraph''.

"The way we've played in the first two games, they've not been perfect performances and we've still won them very well.

If we can iron out those areas and do everything else right, we're going to be a very difficult team to beat," he said.

The flamboyant bowler, who is yet to make an impact in the series so far, joked about how his mind wanders when he is not competing.

"When I'm on my own for six hours, my mind goes to some very dark and dodgy places. At one point I was thinking if I could possibly murder the guy in the crowd who was shouting abuse at me and get away with it," he said.

"I watch CSI, so I was thinking about how I could dispose of all the evidence. And that's when I realised that I needed to get back in the slips.

"You get the odd idiot. He probably wasn't saying anything untoward. I think he was a Leicestershire supporter or something, having a go at my beautiful Trent Bridge," he recalled.


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