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Swann happy being a ‘spectator'

BIRMINGHAM: Graeme Swann has no problems with watching from the slips in the second Test against Pakistan here at Edgbaston if it means England has wrapped up another crushing victory.

England won the first of a four-Test series at Trent Bridge on Sunday by a mammoth 354 runs, in a match where off-spinner Swann bowled just two overs on his Nottinghamshire home ground.

Swann may have been a key figure for England during much of the past 18 months but found himself in a supporting role at Trent Bridge where swing bowler James Anderson took career-best match figures of 11 wickets for 71 runs.

Conditions at Edgbaston , where Nottinghamshire and England fast bowler Stuart Broad took eight for 52 in a county championship match a few weeks ago, could well be similar.

“It's not that strange for me to stand at Trent Bridge and not do much bowling — because I do that for Notts a lot of the time,” Swann told reporters at Edgbaston here on Wednesday.

“Whenever I go into a game, you always expect the worst. When I say the worst, I mean expect to bowl 30 overs in an innings — and really feel it afterwards.

“It was kind of novel but kind of nice. I said to Straussy (England captain Andrew Strauss) on the last morning (at Trent Bridge) ‘in an ideal world, I won't even have to get warmed up today — because that means we are taking wickets' And so it was.

“Jimmy was exceptional. But I kind of expected him to be because I knew it was going to swing at Trent Bridge.

“It was nice just to have the best view in the house, just sit on an armchair at slip and watch it.

“If I get a couple of wickets (as well), I'll be perfectly happy.

“But if the game went exactly the same as the other one, it wouldn't bother me much — because it means we're 2-0 up.

“I'm not saying that all phoney — like ‘as long as the team wins, I'm happy'. I am inherently lazy, so if I didn't have to do anything for three-and-a-half days apart from watching my mates do the work so be it.” — AFP

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