London: With an all-format whitewash of India now a distinct possibility, England spinner Graeme Swann is adamant there will be no let-up as his team bid to pile more agony on the beleaguered tourists in the third one-day international on Friday. (Agencies)
After routing India 4-0 in the Test series and beating them by six wickets in a one-off Twenty20 match, England took a 1-0 lead in the five-game ODI series by claiming a seven-wicket win at the Rose Bowl on Tuesday.
England are determined to press home their advantage in the 50-over game which has been the team's weakest format in recent years.
"We've played some unbelievable cricket this summer - especially in the Test matches - and you don't want the one-day series to be a damp squib at the end," said Swann, who returned figures of 3-33 in the second ODI in Southampton.
"It's important we carry on this momentum we've got going. And for the guys who haven't been involved in the Test matches, that they can be part of a successful team as well because we need all three forms of the game to be going in the right direction in the next two years."
Weakened by injuries to key players, especially in the bowling department, India were overwhelmed in the four-match Test series but more was expected of the side in the one-dayers, considering the players were crowned world champions in April.
After the first match in Durham was rained off, the second was a tight contest, with England captain Alastair Cook eventually seeing his team home with five balls to spare in the day-nighter by hitting an unbeaten 80.
Swann expects the remaining three ODIs to be just as tight, despite India being also without batting great Sachin Tendulkar for the rest of the series, due to a toe injury.
"We've been provided with new challenges because of their high turnover of players, so it doesn't feel like the same team we played against three or four weeks ago," said Swann, currently the world's No. 1 spinner.
"With that, it feels like we're still learning about the opposition. So I wouldn't say we go in thinking, 'We're going to trounce this lot today.' We go in really thinking there's a game on our hands each time."
Batsman Jonathan Trott could be recalled by the selectors after being left out at the Rose Bowl but England will again be without middle-order star Eoin Morgan, who is sidelined for the remaining three matches with a shoulder problem.
London: With an all-format whitewash of India now a distinct possibility, England spinner Graeme Swann is adamant there will be no let-up as his team bid to pile more agony on the beleaguered tourists in the third one-day international on Friday.