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"Our slow bowlers can beat the Aussies", says Swann

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London, June 28(ANI): England's right-arm offbreak bowler Graeme Swann has expressed confidence on England's spinners abilities to tangle Australians in a web to regain the historic Ashes series, which begins on Thursday.

Swann highlighted the magic web that spin genius Shane Warne used to create around English batsmen, however, this time he is hopeful that the likes of left-armer Monty Panesar and Adil Rashid would turn the table on Australians.

"I'd love it if we go into each game with two spinners .I realise it's fairly alien for England to have two spinners, and obviously we'll have to wait to see what the pitches are like, but I'd relish the prospect of bowling in tandem with Monty," News of the World quoted Swann, as saying.

"In Trinidad at the end of the winter tour of the West Indies we bowled together and it went pretty well - hopefully it was a sign of things to come. If we bowl together well in the right conditions we can turn the game," he added.

The right-arm offie signified the partnership of spinners John Emburey and Phil Edmonds in the 1986-87 Ashes series, when both of them helped England win a test match.

According to Swann, the pair of Emburey and Edmonds had inspired him to become a spinner. I grew up watching Emburey and Edmonds. They got me into spin, but of course all of us have been in awe of Shane Warne over the last 15 years or so," said Swann.

With the series scheduled to begin in Cardiff on Thursday, Swann has the chance to prove that English spinners can take centre stage.

"It can be one spell of bowling that changes things. It might be just five or six overs from Jimmy Anderson, Stuart Broad or hopefully me to pick up the two key wickets you are after," Swann said.

"I'd love it if I can be that man. I'd love it even more if it was me and Monty," he added. (ANI)

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Story first published: Sunday, June 28, 2009, 20:46 [IST]
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