Saying that, Swann is a class act and no matter what he averages overall, he's doing his job by rolling the Aussies over when the conditions are in his favour.
"I am very happy and it will allow me to have lot more rice."
Eoin Morgan on being given a rice cooker for being Man of the Match in a Dhaka Premier Division game.
Yeah, I think Swann is doing his job really well.
When your own batting gets you a big score, and there's not a huge amount of pressure to bowl in a certain manner and strike at certain times, it shows the benefits. When Swann gets the ball, he knows that he'll be given all day to bowl and work his way into a spell, no matter what happens; was a bit different in the first innings Australia played, where there was more pressure due to England's disappointing score.
It's something that Australian spinners haven't been given since Warne, they are seen as a way of filling in between spells from the pace bowlers. This is compounded by the fact that they don't have records in FC cricket that demand selection, so the need to "nurture" them into action is created. For nuture, replace with "hide" where you see fit.
Gabba had some green on day 1 along with cloud cover to aid the quicks, and Adelaide began to turn sharply on days 4 and 5.
In between that its been flatter than many pitches.
Either way, a spinner's job is to take wickets when conditions are favourable. Especially overseas sp[inners in Australia and South Africa.
Swann has ticked both of that off.
Last edited by Jono; 08-12-2010 at 07:45 AM.
v Bangladesh 4 matches 22 wkts @ 27.9
v India 2 matches 8 wkts @ 39.5 (debut series away)
v Pakistan 4 matches 22 wkts @ 12.22
v S.A. 4 matches 21 wkts @ 31.38
v West Indies 5 matches 26 wkts @ 22.15
A good record against nearly all the nations he has played against and his poor record v Australia isn't that bad when you consider in the 3 matches England have won he has played a huge role in each of them in the last innings. Doing it when conditions suit is a huge bonus, many spinners freeze when conditions suit and bowl badly. Swanny hasn't yet.
Over the last year, Swanny has been the best spinner in the world by a nearly embarrassing margin.
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Last edited by M0rphin3; 08-12-2010 at 08:12 AM.
How is Swann being the best spinner in the world over the top at all? I think he pretty comfortably is. The only semi-serious competition is Harbhajan, Mendis and Shakib (and I think he's left them for dead really) - it's not like people are saying he's better than Murali.
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