Swann Doubts Englands Chances At World Cup

Graeme Swann has said that there is no way that England is going to win the next World Cup in Australia-New Zealand in a few months’ time, but, if they change their style of play, they might emerge out as a strong contender for the title in 2018.

Swann doesn’t like the way the selections for limited-over formats are being made in England currently. He believes that the players for One Day International cricket should not be picked on the basis of their test performances because test cricket is a different ball game.

According to Swann, it has been happening in England since ages that the good test players get preferred in 50-over cricket too, but, that’s the wrong way to go about it. The test players are unlikely to win the World Cups for their countries because of their conventional approach. They are obviously expert at the things that they do i.e. playing proper cricket shots, defending solidly, leaving the ball etc., but, these things don’t always work in limited-over games. One needs to be innovative there.

Swann also believes that Alastair Cook should not be the captain of the England One Day side because he is not a player suited to that format.

In the England squad that has been announced for the One-Day series against India, almost all the test batsmen including Ian Bell, Cook himself, Joe Root have been included. These players are certainly pleasing to the eye, but, they rarely score at a strike rate of 100 and these days, with the evolution of the T20s, a strike rate of 100 is must, no matter where you are batting.

So, there is a point in what Swann is saying. A change in approach might be needed by England if they have to challenge top ODI teams.

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Pietersen Reckons Without Swann, England Will Face Difficulty

Kevin Pietersen reckons that without the services of the legendary off spinner Graeme Swann, it would not be easy for England to stop the young Indian batting line up in the upcoming 5-match test series.

Swann quit international cricket during the Ashes tour of Australia saying that his fitness was no longer good enough to play at the highest level. He claimed more than 250 test wickets for England during his career.

According to Pietersen, the thing because of which Swann was a great bowler was his ability to attack as well as defend simultaneously.

In his column for one of the English newspapers, Pietersen wrote, “Till the last season, whenever the team was under pressure, the captain used to give the ball to Swann and the off spinner used to deliver, but, Cook can’t do that now and that has made his job a lot harder. There is no doubt in my mind that Swann will be missed immensely in this series.”

After Swann’s departure, England has not managed to find out his replacement so far. In the test series against Sri Lanka, they tried Moeen Ali, but, it was clear that Ali was not posing any threat to the batsmen. He was, in fact, being taken for plenty of runs.

However, it looks like the English selectors and the team management has not got impatient with Ali and they are ready to give him another go against India.

Everybody knows how good the Indian batsmen are against the spinners. Not too many specialist spinners have been able to create impact on the Indians over the years. So, to ask a part time spinner to do a job against them and that too in English conditions is too much to ask for.

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