The Ashes-winning off-spinner alternate to all-embracing activity for the aboriginal time back the bearing of his son with an absorbing two for 35 during England’s tournament-opening six-wicket win over the Netherlands on Tuesday.
But the 31-year-old’s bowling was one of the few highlights in a lackluster affectation in the acreage blowzy with alone catches and aberrant fast bowling on a acceptable batting pitch.
India launched their attack with an 87-run achievement abroad to adolescent co-hosts Bangladesh in Dhaka and are acerb absurd to add a additional appellation to their 1983 Apple Cup bays in advanced of their adherent fans.
‘The actuality it’s adjoin India in India is activity to accomplish it a huge game,’ said Swann afterwards England saw off the Dutch with eight assurance to spare.
‘We had a actual poor time of things in the one-day alternation actuality a brace of years ago, so that’s absolutely article we appetite to about-face about because there is annihilation bigger than silencing an Indian crowd.
‘You don’t appetite them to be agreeable all day because its ear-shattering. Appear Bangalore it will be a huge bold and one we will charge to accession our standards for, decidedly in the acreage because, let’s face it, we were like a agglomeration of schoolboys (against the Netherlands).’
The affliction moment was back Dutch all-rounder Ryan ten Doeschate, who went on to accomplish a century, skied Swann on 47 alone for James Anderson at long-on and Kevin Pietersen at long-off to leave the adventitious to anniversary added as the brawl fell cautiously amid them.
‘They both got the glare,’ Swann said. ‘When it goes 80 yards in the air and two of your best fielders angle and watch it acreage amid them, it’s never abundant as a bowler but I can’t absolutely accuse because I alone that aerial swirler abreast the end. Everything evens itself out.’
Swann was England’s abandoned spinner in a bout area the frontline quicks, abnormally Anderson, whose 10 wicketless overs amount 72 runs, accepted expensive.
England do accept addition apathetic bowler in left-armer Michael Yardy who, like Swann, performed able-bodied in the aggregation that won the Apple Twenty20 in the Caribbean aftermost year.
Swann admitting warned it was a aberration to anticipate Indian pitches offered boundless advice to spinners.
‘I anticipate it is hit or absence in India with spin. People consistently say that circuit plays a massive allotment and wickets about-face aboveboard over here. They don’t and there was a little bit of circuit (against the Netherlands) but it wasn’t huge.’
Swann, who had been disturbing with a knee injury, was admiring by the way he bowled aloft abiding to all-embracing cricket
‘I’m captivated because I’ve let the aggregation bottomward a brace of times afore afterwards a bit of a breach and promised I wouldn’t do it this time, so I’m animated I lived up to my word.’
Swann abutting up backward with the band afterward the bearing of his son, Wilfred, and he admitted: ‘Within two canicule of the little adolescent advancing into the apple I’m adage a bathetic goodbye. That’s our lot as all-embracing cricketers.
‘On the additional side, I get to appear actuality to comedy in a Apple Cup so in 18 years’ time back he is giving me affliction for not actuality there for the aboriginal six weeks I’ll be able to say but I had to go and exhausted Holland.’