Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Back Swann to bounce back in Adelaide

After an enthralling and record breaking first test England and Australia head South to Adelaide to do it all over again on Friday. It is time to stay up all night following the Livescores once again!

England can certainly claim the moral victory, their magnificent fight-back on days three and four drove the Aussies bowlers into the ground and left the hosts pondering changes for the second test.

England have no such problems and injuries aside, will name a unchanged team.

One player who maybe under some pressure though is Greame Sawnn. The off-spinner was heralded before the series as England’s best bowler and the one who could make the difference.

However, Swann looked a little out-of-sorts at the Gabba, having trouble with his length and failing to cope with the aggressive tactics the Aussies employed against him. His final figures of 2-161 were well below par, despite the flat, bat-friendly track in Brisbane.

Historically though the pitch at Adelaide is more spin-friendly, especially on days four and five. England need no reminding of what happened on day five four years ago, when Shane Warne ripped through the England batting line-up to set up a win that seemed improbable at the start of the day.

Swann therefore should head into the game with confidence. If Australia continue their policy of attacking Swann early to try to blast him out of the attack, it should present a few opportunities for wickets.

He is experienced enough to cope with the pressure any brush off any criticism, like many players he is slowly working his way into this series and will improve with each game.

I wouldn’t advise against anyone following the Live cricket scores to bet against Swann taking plenty of wickets at the Adelaide Oval this weekend.

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