Swann sets sights on strong England finish

2009-12-28 00:00

ENGLAND feel that they can find a way to win the second Test, according to spinner Graeme Swann.

Speaking after yesterday’s frenetic second day, the off-spinner said the example set by captain Andrew Strauss had wrested the initative from the Proteas.

“It was great to see him go out there and play shots from the start.

“I went to shower (at the end of the Proteas first innings) and when I came back he was already on 30! And I don’t take that long to shower,’ Swann added.

Swann also revealed the quickfire start was not premeditated, but its effect was one that put South Africa on the back foot.

“There was no talk of ‘let’s go out there blazing,’ but it was important we start like that to regain the initiative taken away from us.”

Strauss’ galloping start certainly changed the tempo of the match after the South African tail had wagged with some style, and Swann thinks that England are in prime position to strike decisively over the final three days.

“The weather’s been disappointing, but hopefully it won’t curtail what looks like a good game.”

Swann believes that if they can get in three full days of play, then a result is on the cards.

With the forecast supposedly good for the next two days at least, Swann may get his wish of more play in this intriguingly poised Test.

The sluggish outfield that undermined some of South Africa’s shots on day one is bound to quicken and the tourists will hope to be batting at the best of times to put the Proteas under pressure.

Swann’s own talents will then come to the fore, as he looks to add to his four-wicket haul from the first innings.

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