What if Graeme Swann loses his magic before the Ashes?

England mob Swanny

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The importance of Swann to England‘s Ashes challenge becomes more apparent with every Test. England intend to rely on a four-strong attack in Australia, with an occasional over from Kevin Pietersen and Paul Collingwood, and that means Swann will be expected to bowl long holding spells as well as maintain a happy knack of taking wickets.

England’s reliance on Swann was stark after lunch on the fourth day at The Oval when Jimmy Anderson bowled wide of off-stump to test Pakistan’s patience, with England relying on Swann to take the bulk of the wickets. The tactic got them back into the match.

Full story: The Guardian

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