England must improve – Swann

By Will Taylor

After being thrashed in the one day series against India, England ended their dismal tour with a fine six wicket victory in the Twenty20 clash.

But those placing a free bet on the victory will agree that it was little consolation for the 5-0 whitewash they were given by the Indians in the 50 over series.

England’s twenty over captain, Graeme Swann believes that although the side finally got back to winning ways in limited overs cricket, they still have a long way to go.

“It’s been a very tough month, we have played some abjectly horrible cricket until today,” Swann admitted following his sides victory.

He added: “Tonight has been important to prove to ourselves that we can win over here, but one swallow doesn’t make a summer.”

Much of England’s recent success has been built around the bowling attack, and Swann was glad to see the seamers finding form once more.

Steven Finn has been one of the rare shining lights of the tour, and played well again, taking three wickets and conceding only 22 runs in the process.

Swann said: “Steve Finn has been the shining star for us all month. I needed a wicket and turned to him and he delivered.

“He was reverse swinging the ball at pace. There is not much more you can ask for as a captain.

“I thought the seam bowlers were outstanding – then KP with the bat was phenomenal.”

Pietersen did well to make it through the game, as he played with a broken thumb, but was in majestic form as he collected the man of the match award.

Not only did he smash 53 runs from just 39 deliveries, but he also played with some of the flair England fans placing free bets on him have become accustomed to seeing from him.

That included one of his trademark switch hits, which he launched for an almighty six, as well as bringing out his own version of Sri Lanka’s Dilshan’s ‘Dilscoop’ over the wicket keeper.



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