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Thursday, November 25, 2010

The Ashes 2010 : Swann eyes top spot

If Graeme Swann needed any added inspiration heading into the opening Test, then the chance to top the ICC’s Bowling Rankings may be it. Current number one Dale Steyn is a meagre six points ahead of Swann who lies second in the rankings.

If Swann can produce the goods for England at the Gabba, then the 31 year old spinner could become the first England bowler since Steve Harmison to top the rankings since August 2004. Harmison topped the list six years ago thanks to his match figures of 9-121 against the West Indies. It’s probably safe to say that England would welcome a sort of déjà vu situation here.

Those studying ashes live betting will know that Swann has been one of world cricket’s most dangerous bowlers since finally making his Test debut two years ago, at the late age of 29. In his 24 Test matches so far, the off spinner has taken 113 wickets at an average of 26.

While effective in last year’s victorious Ashes series, Swann didn’t have the sort of impact that the cricket odds expect he will have this winter. He finished the series with a decent total of 14 wickets as well as scoring some very useful lower order runs.

The Aussie’s have made a lot about of noise about the threat posed by Swann and they will have spent plenty of time developing a game plan to counter Swann. One of the options could be to take an aggressive approach to his bowling. Swann will have to prove his is cunning enough to work around whatever the Aussie’s bring to the table.

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