England v India: Graeme Swann calls for changes to ODI side

England v India: Graeme Swann is critical of Alastair Cook's side after a 133-run loss in the second ODI in Cardiff

By Sam Rogers

Former England Off-spinner Graeme Swann believes England need to look at the form players in domestic cricket not currently featuring in the host’s line-up.

Swann, who took 104 wickets for his country in 79 ODIs, watched on as England capitulated to 161 all out chasing India’s 304-6 at the Swalec Stadium in Cardiff.

The drums will sound and it will be interesting to see what England do because the squad is fixed for the series

Graeme Swann

And a day after describing his former side’s as not having “a cat in hell’s chance” at next year’s Cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, Swann criticised Alastair Cook’s side.

“England have played poorly and have not gone about the chase very well. However, the rain did fall just before England batted and that has made batting a lot more difficult. That’s the only excuse I can give for England,” Swann said.

“With guys like James Taylor scoring a century yesterday people will ask why wasn’t he in the side, and the same with Ravi Bopara.

“The drums will sound and it will be interesting to see what England do because the squad is fixed for the series. I would be very surprised if James Taylor doesn’t come in and at least net with the side.”

Despite a lacklustre performance from the hosts, Swann hailed the positive intent from India as they recovered from a difficult start, falling to 19-2 at one point, before managing to post an imposing 304-6 in bowler friendly conditions.

“India’s recovery was fantastic and they put the runs on so quickly from a slow start,” Swann told BBC Test Match Special.

“Even [Virat]Kohli when he came in after a torrid tour, walked out with real intent, even though he made a duck. That intent rippled through their side and Suresh Raina batted wonderfully well.

“The India bowlers were exceptional with the seamers taking wickets and the spinners applying pressure. They were clinical and played really well.”

England move to Nottingham for the third ODI at Trent Bridge on Saturday.

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