Ashes 2013: England’s Swann unhappy despite five-wicket haul

Ashes 2013: Graeme Swann says he is unhappy with his performance despite a five-wicket haul on day two of the second Test

By Callum Orr

Graeme Swann admitted he was unhappy with his display despite producing a five-wicket haul to leave England in a dominant position over Australia on the second day at Lord’s.

The host lost the wicket of Tim Bresnan on the first ball of the day, but a last wicket stand of 48 runs from Swann and Stuart Broad helped England recover to post a respectable 361 on a good batting wicket.

And the home side then wasted no time in dismissing the Aussies, restricting them to just 128 runs, but Swann was less than pleased with his overall performance, despite producing match winning figures of 5-44.

“Bowling Australia out for 130 or whatever it was, we’d have bitten anyone’s hand off if offered that,” said Swann.

“I don’t feel I bowled well here, but I’m pragmatic enough to know I’ll take a five-for whenever they come.”

Describing the bizarre LBW dismissal of Chris Rogers from a full toss, Swann admitted that he wasn’t proud of the wicket, despite its importance.

“It was quite simply the worst ball I’ve ever bowled, it slipped out of my hand, I can’t even watch it so the less we see of it the better.

“It was truly awful cricket I was a bit embarrassed but I’m sure Chris Rogers was even more embarrassed. My arm was hurting after being hit batting and I couldn’t feel my fingers but feeling does come back, especially after you’ve got a wicket.”

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