Pitches are no longer favourable to England, feels Graeme Swann
Pitches in England are no longer favorable for the hosts, feels Graeme Swann © Getty Images

 

 

Jul 20, 2014 

 

Graeme Swann has said that the England are not the same side they used to be in 2011, with Jonathon Trott, Kevin Pietersen and himself out from the team. He also said that India was out-bowling England, and that the visitors had a good chance of winning the series.

 

The former England cricketer also blamed the pitches. ‘’Pitches are not supporting England. They don’t play the same as they used to, not the same as the ones that James Anderson and Stuart Broad thrive on. But India is missing a trick by not playing Ashwin. With two spinners in the second innings they could be better off.’’, he told Headlines Today.

 

‘’Such is the lack of traditional English wickets, that when they do get it like the first day at Lord’s, bowlers were so eager to cash in that they bowled poorly. India out-bowled us. Bhuvneshwar Kumar was exceptional. It’s strange that India did better in conditions tailor-made for England.’’, he added.

 

Speaking about Alastair Cook’s woeful run of form with the bat, Swann said, ‘’I know Alastair Cook very well. He’s a very stubborn individual, he won’t be listening, but the more people bang the drum, the louder the noise. ‘’

 

The spinner also suggested on a lighter note that the 2011 English team would have beaten the current Indian team. ‘’The team in 2011 could beat this India team, of course because I was in it.’’, he said.