Graeme Swann wants to finish the tour on High Notes

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Graeme Swann wants to finish the tour on High Notes

Graeme Swann, the English off spinner has insisted his team mates to give their best efforts in finishing the already impressive tour to Australia on high notes.

While entering into the two-match T20 series, England started with protracted limited overs series against the hosts at the famous Adelaide Oval grounds. A thrilling and more entertaining seven-match ODI series still lies ahead which will extend the opportunity for the team to give a final touch to most of its preparations for the world cup event before retuning back to home.

The recent historic triumph at Ashes, which the English team has been able to claim after 24 long years on Australian soil, has ensured that the side will be back home with relishing memories of the tour. But the spinner is of the view that the gloss must remain intact so that the winters could really be made worth remembering.

While sharing his views over the tour to Australia, Swann said, “It’s nice to win the Ashes, I won’t lie to you. It’s been a great tour for us so far and the worst thing for us would be if we stuttered and stopped at the end of the tour. We want to go home to 50,000 people at Heathrow cheering us which, if we lose the one-days, might be down to about 40,000. It’s important that we show the good one-day form we’ve shown recently because we want to be number one in all forms.”

The off spinner was happy over the revival of his team’s performance, which had made a comeback from a seventh and eighth position and was now looking forward to claim the top ranking. Relishing this improved performance, the spinner said, “Let’s face it we were (ranked) number seven or eight not so long ago and we were garbage. We’ve had some very good series results recently. We beat the Australians at home last year and we won the Twenty20 in Barbados to win that World Cup. Both teams have changed quite a bit since then so it will be interesting to see how it plays out.”

England have made some major strides in past couple of years and have emerged as one of the most competent side in the world which is not only stunning in the shortest format (T20) of the game, but is equally emphatic in the classic format (Test cricket). According to the independent experts, the consistency they have been depicting in showing the performance has been largely contributed by the team director Andy Flower.

While confronting the traditional rivals, who have always proven to be too strong to be gotten rid of, England had beaten Australia by seven wickets to claim a historic win at Barbados. And now, amid the quality of the cricket they have been producing, Swann is hopeful to retain the lofty status in the ongoing series which will end in Melbourne on Friday.

Concluding his remarks, Swann said that they had made a resolution a couple of years ago which focused upon emerging as the best T20 side in the world. He admitted that while initiating with the journey, there was a realization in the team that teams from sub-continent were outplaying them and they were languishing way behind.

While revealing the strategy, which had helped the team England in emerging as a better and improved sporting side, Swann said that they had devised a game plan and tried to follow it with complete enthusiasm. Since Twenty20 events were to be organized every now and then, it was important to keep sticking with the efforts which would beef up the team’s spirit and confidence.

Talking in context of T20 matches in particular, the player said that they wanted to become the best team of the world in this format of the game. Moreover, this resolve was not confined to win the big cup of the event which is organized every 18 months, but to dominate the game for long.


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