England will play for pride: Graeme Swann

Graeme Swann said that it’s was very nice that the five-match series has finished Getty Images

Kolkata: Oct 28, 2011

After the 0-5 whitewash against India, a resilient England would look to salvage some pride when they take on the hosts in the one-off Twenty20 match on Saturday, stand-in skipper Graeme Swann said on Friday.

Swann is captaining the side in absence of an injured Stuart Broad. The 32-year-old had led England against the West Indies for a 1-1 result in the two-match series last month and said he was looking forward to the job again.

“I am looking forward to captain again. It’s been a month or so when I was the captain of the side. It’s been good fun.

It’s chance for us to salvage a bit of pride. It’s chance for me to get my hands on the game as a leader,” Swann said on the eve of the match here at the Eden Gardens.

On the humiliating one-day series loss, the off-spinner said: “It’s very nice that the five-match series has finished.

We can actually focus on T20 cricket. Sometime change is good.

Everyone is positive, we are looking forward to it. The spirit is quite good. It’s a very resilient England squad. I would say we were very gracious in defeat. We had to be…”

Swann said the one-off match would be a battle between two top Twenty20 teams as both the sides are previous World Champions in this format.

“We are the current T20 champions. It will be a battle between the current versus the previous T20 champions, the two top T20 sides in the world. It will be a nice chance to draw a line against the fifty over series. We will look to approach the game with freshness.”

The Twenty20 skipper feels there is a need to have more T20 matches during a tour.(PTI)