London: England spinner Graeme Swann feels a 4-0 whitewash is possible in the Test series against World No.1 India. 'I'd like to think that it's possible to win 4-0. Graeme Swann declares himself fit for Edgbaston Test
A lot of things have to go in our favour, but if they do, it'll be a nice thing to aim for. We're the only team who can win it 4-0,' Swann said.
'The way we've played in the first two games, they've not been perfect performances and we've still won them very well. If we can iron out those areas and do everything else right, we're going to be a very difficult team to beat,' he said.
Asked about his unimpressive form in the series, Swann said: 'It's easy to make the excuse that I was hit on the hand. But I just had one of those days. I got out of bed the wrong side that morning. Rahul Dravid has played me very well this series. But I don't think they needed to play me particularly well at Trent Bridge, I bowled so badly.'
Recalling farcical run out of Ian Bell, who was later recalled by the Indian team, Swann said: 'It was a very strange atmosphere. Belly had taken off his pads. He thought he was out. Then rumours came upstairs that they were talking about whether to ask him back in. So people were saying 'put your pads on', and someone else was saying 'no, don't bother'. It was bizarre, really.'
'But what happened in the end was the right thing. India could have upheld the appeal, but it would have put a very bitter taste on the series. We don't want it descending into the sort of scenes we had at the end of last year. We really didn't like the Pakistan team by the end of the series, and they didn't like us. But so far this year, the atmosphere between the two teams has been exceptional,' he said.
England spinner Graeme Swann has declared himself fit for the third Test at Edgbaston after initial scans suggested he might have broken a bone in his left hand while facing Praveen Kumar on the first day of the second Test at Trent Bridge.
Swann, however, said that another X-ray has shown no serious damage and ensured that he would be available for the match in Birmingham that begins on Wednesday.
'I've had another X-ray on the hand just to check and it's not serious. There's a little bother in there but nothing to affect my preparations. It might affect my batting in the nets beforehand but that will just stop me facing a few bouncers from our boys,' Swann said.
Jonathan Trott, who sustained a shoulder injury in the second Test, is also expected to recover in time for the match.
England will announce their squad Sunday and are likely to pick the same 12 for the third successive Test, with Chris Tremlett being the 12th man again.
India will be without injured Yuvraj Singh and Harbhajan Singh. Yuvraj suffered a broken finger while Harbhajan is down with an abdominal strain.
London: England spinner Graeme Swann feels a 4-0 whitewash is possible in the Test series against World No.1 India. 'I'd like to think that it's possible to win 4-0.
Graeme Swann declares himself fit for Edgbaston Test