<div class="img-caption-wrap "> <img alt="Ashes 2013-14: England not too old to defend the urn, says Graeme Swann" src="https://st2.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/cricket/image_20131111170951.jpg" title="Ashes 2013-14: England not too old to defend the urn, says Graeme Swann" /> <p class="imgcaptionnew" style="width:618px;"> Graeme Swann admitted that the diet requirement list was partly motivated by the ageing squad © Getty Images</p> </div> <strong>Sydney: Nov 11, 2013 </strong><br /> <br /> Ageing off-spinner <a href="/tags/Graeme-Swann/post" target="_blank">Graeme Swann</a> insisted on Monday that<a href="/tags/England/post" target="_blank"> England</a> are not too old to defend the Ashes, saying the team's mix of youth and experience is an asset.<br /> <br /> More than half of the touring side to <a href="/tags/Australia/post" target="_blank">Australia </a>are older than 30, including key players <a href="/tags/Ian-Bell/post" target="_blank">Ian Bell </a>(31), <a href="/tags/James-Anderson/post" target="_blank">James Anderson</a> (31), <a href="/tags/Kevin-Pietersen/post" target="_blank">Kevin Pietersen</a> (33) and Swann (34).<br /> <br /> But Swann, who has 248 Test wickets from 57 matches, said any "Dad's Army" jibes were misplaced.<br /> <br /> "I don't think we need to worry about the age of the team — I think I'm the oldest," he said on the England and Wales Cricket Board website.<br /> <br /> "It's not like we're all pushing the boundaries. If the oldest player is that age, it's not like you're all ready for the Home Guard yet."<br /> <br /> Yorkshire trio Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow and Gary Ballance, Durham all-rounder Ben Stokes and Steven Finn add a youthful edge to the squad and Swann said: "I think we've got an exciting blend of youth and experience at the minute.<br /> <br /> "That's one of the reasons why I'm confident going into this Ashes series."<br /> <br /> Swann revealed that England's tofu and goji-infused diet, which Australian media mercilessly attacked when the dietary demands became known on Friday, was partly motivated by the ageing squad.<br /> <br /> "Some of us have to take it quite seriously because we're getting on a bit, and if we don't eat healthily we tend to pile on the pounds," he said.<br /> <br /> "It's all very good healthy stuff so I'm surprised it's raised so many snooty questions to be honest because let's face it, healthy eating is the way forward."<br /> <br /> Australia are no spring chickens themselves and could line up for the first Test next week in Brisbane with five 30-somethings, including Michael Clarke (32), George Bailey (31), Ryan Harris (34), Chris Rogers (36), and Brad Haddin (36), who have all been in good form.