Swann plays down chances
Nottingham - Graeme Swann said Monday that England did not regard themselves as a "dominant force" in world cricket ahead of this season's Ashes series. England, third in the world Test rankings behind leaders South Africa and second-placed India, begin their bid for a third straight series win over Australia at Nottinghamshire off-spinner Swann's Trent Bridge home ground on Wednesday. The likes of England great Ian Botham, a thorn in Australia's side during his 1980s heyday, have forecast a 5-0 series rout for Alastair Cook's men and there has even been talk of '10-0' for England, should they sweep the Aussies in the return series starting in November.
"We climbed up to number one in the world, which was a feat we aimed to do and we were pleased with, but we didn't stay there for long so we're continually aiming to improve," added England's premier spinner. "We want to get back up there and until we are, we won't see ourselves as a dominant force.
"I'm sure there's 11 players in our dressing room and 11 in theirs that have been looking forward to this for a very long time.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at SPORT24