‘England Will Lose In India’, Says Bowling Great Graeme Swann

England doesn’t take spin seriously, said Swann.

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England’s tour of India begins on 9 November. (Photo: Reuters)

“We've got a bloody good team with bloody good cricketers, but we will lose in India”, said Graeme Swann. One of England’s greatest spinners, Swann also expressed his disdain over the fact that the English continue to suffer because of their failure to hone their spinners.

Starting 9 November, the English are set to play a five-match series against the top-ranked Test team.

We don’t take spin seriously in this country, and then bemoan the fact that we haven’t got world-class spinners when we go to the subcontinent.
Graeme Swann

He added:

We’ve got a bloody good team with bloody good cricketers, but we will lose in India because of what has happened 20 years before. We are hamstrung by the fact that we treat spinners as third-class citizens.

Pointing out that the England Cricket Board hadn’t even appointed a full-time spin coach for the country’s nine-week tour of the subcontinent, Swann said that England stand absolutely no chance against the India bowlers.

England has no chance against India, said Swann. (Photo: Reuters)
England has no chance against India, said Swann. (Photo: Reuters)
I don’t think we’ve got a cat in hell’s chance, seeing how Ashwin and Jadeja bowl. Jadeja doesn’t spin the ball, he doesn’t try to. He just bowls straight and lets Ashwin do the work. Ashwin isn’t a massive turner of the ball, he rarely bowls his carrom ball, but he’s very, very accurate. Every Test in India he goes into, he believes he’s going to win it.
Graeme Swann

Gautam Gambhir, Ishant Sharma and Hardik Pandya have been included in the Indian squad for the upcoming series against England.

(Source: ESPNCricInfo)

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