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'Special to take final Australian wicket to clinch Ashes' says Swann

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London, Aug 25(ANI): England cricketer Graeme Swann, who took the last Australian wicket to clinch the Ashes, has said that he has never experienced anything like the surge of emotion and happiness he felt after winning the Ashes.

Swann said that he would cherish the day and the experience for rest of his life, as he has seen all the phases in his career and the experience on the final day at The Oval beats it all.

"I've experienced some dark days in my career when I didn't think I'd get into my county team, let alone play for England. But, however low I felt then is not comparable to how high I have felt since we won at The Oval. I would take 364 rubbish days a year just to have one like that," Swann wrote in The Sun.

He highlighted that it was special to take the wicket, and said that he was praying for fellow bowler Steve Harmison to miss it.

"Harmison was bowling and the crowd was going mad but deep down I was thinking, 'Don't get him out, I want to finish this off!' Honestly, I wouldn't have minded if Harmy had got it," he added.

Swann further said that the incident was so phenomenal, that he was confusion made it hard for him to decide whether to laugh, cry or dance around.

"Paul Collingwood said to me after the game that I should cherish the moment because it might not happen again. He was right. It was the best feeling I've ever had playing cricket. I doubt if I'll ever feel that good again," he added. (ANI)

Story first published: Tuesday, August 25, 2009, 15:13 [IST]
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