He's saying its not unlikely for bowlers to have a bad game, he's bowled 15 overs for 50 odd. It's not like he's getting absolutely belted out of the attack and you're forgetting that he's had a thumb injury recently. On his bowling hand I think.
Happy enough,opening day of a tour and done fine so far.Yes Swann hasn't been at his best but he has the 2nd innings and another game or so to get into his groove.Broad is going to be a big hit this series i reckon,far more of a danger than Anderson anyway.
Should be looking to bowl them out for less than 250 which is a good effort,then need to get a good day and a bit in the middle batting.
But as you said, you can have a bad game. However, I think Swann will have a poor tour for more than just this tour game. His reputation has been overhyped in recent times because of exceptional performances against the weak batting of Pakistan and Bangladesh. He will be bowling against good batsmen on pitches which are not optimal for spin. Put two and two together. Swann is probably the spin bowler in the world at the moment, but he still isn't THAT good.
To suggest he is overhyped is naturally your own observation, however, I wonder how much of him you have seen to draw you to that conclusion. Swann, as you say, is currently the best spin bowler in the world, who gives the ball a big rip and gets some appreciable drift, and is a clever bowler too. I'm not saying he's going to take 30 wickets in the series, but he will be a constant threat to the Aussie batsmen.
Just saw a few highlights on Sky
Marcus North slashed a widish short ball to about fourth slip
Pretty poor shot to an innocuous delivery from Broad so the pattern continues from last series
On Swann, it's been shown ad infinitum that finger spinners struggle in Oz and I dont see how he'll be any different apart from late Adelaide, maybe Sydney and brain implosions from the Aussies so today isnt that unexpected really
Swann has improved since then though that is the point we are making.He is a different animal now to the one who was overawed in the ashes in 09.He still helped win a couple of matches in that series though which is more than Hauritz did when the chips were down.I seem to remember at Cardiff Hauritz bottled it bigtime on the last day.
Social,you say Swann will only be a danger at Adelaide or Sydney.That'll do,he wins us those 2 matches and we should at least retain the urn.
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Interesting listening to the 2 Perth guys talking about Ramprakash and pondering whether he was harshly treated by England.
The two biggest letdowns in English cricket since i have been watching are Ramprakash and Chris Lewis,both immensely talented but neither had it mentally to perform at the highest level.
There is a lack of top spinners around, but we have been spoiled in recent times with Warne, Murali, Saqlain, Mushtaq, Harbhajan, Kumble, etc. There's nothing Swann can do about there not being great competition around, but he wouldn't be out of place sharing a ground with those players.
So 242-8 dec then
A tricky few overs tonight for the openers but a good workout for the bowlers today.
WA declared 8/242, and Swann took his first wicket late. Pretty poor figures all round though, Broad aside.
And yes, Swann is (comfortably) the best spinner in the world. No question about that. I think he'll go okay down under, and hey, should he not, we can go away comfortable in knowing that far better offies than him have traveled there and been smashed. It's not easy to get it done down there.
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