Sri Lanka's bowling 'not much of a mystery anymore' - Swann

By AFP | March 19, 2012

Graeme Swann talks to reporters in Colombo.COLOMBO — England's Graeme Swann said Sunday the team was hoping to set the stage for the upcoming Test series with a win at the next warm-up game against Sri Lanka.

England made a winning start to their tour of Sri Lanka by defeating the Board XI by an innings and 15 runs on the final day of the three-day match in Colombo on Saturday.

"It was a tough three-day game, we were all battling the heat and humid conditions. I thought we played very well," said Swann who picked up 3-33 during the second innings.

"The ball feels great in the hand. I am enjoying myself," he told reporters in Colombo.

The tourists will play another three-day fixture at the Sinhalese sports club in Colombo from March 20, before the two back-to-back Tests in Galle and Colombo.

"We need to win the next warm-up game, so that we are geared to win the first Test," said Swann, who has 166 wickets in 39 Tests.

No mystey in Sri Lanka's bowling attack

He said Sri Lanka remained a formidable side, despite the home team busy playing back-to-back one-day games against Australia and now in Bangladesh for the Asia Cup.

"Sri Lanka and Pakistan are fairly similar animals. Sri Lanka is more consistent, particularly their top order with (Kumar) Sangakkara and Mahela (Jayawardene)."

But he said Sri Lanka's bowling attack was "not much of a mystery anymore" after the retirement of the world's leading wicket taker Muttiah Muralitharan last April.

Sri Lanka has not won a Test series since Muralitharan's retirement and the team have lost series to England, Australia, Pakistan and South Africa.

© AFP

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fazil00789's picture
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Lols Moroons Started the Mind games Ok will see who is the best

Anonymous's picture

A few days in the sun when Sanga and company pile on the runs and we shall then ask Swann if the bowling matters at all.

Jagath Perera's picture
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But he's right! What is so mysterious about our bowling attack?

Anonymous's picture

i guess when u think about it u cant really argue against him statment.....i hope ajantha mendis gets a chance only if its a really spin friendly pitch.

kushan1987's picture
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Sri Lanka and Pakistan are fairly similar animals...wtf animals? :/

Anonymous's picture

He is Correct. Current Sri Lankan bowling attack will not threaten England.

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Mind Games already in and the english already pissin there pants I see!!! the were so scared of loosing and getting spanked they came down here early to try n adapt if media gets ago its gonna be a very short day for england !! they talk like TARZAN Might Endup Walking Like JANE!!!!

Anonymous's picture

THIS IS STATING THE OBVIOUS!

We always knew this.

Toothless tigers or is it toothless lions!

Post Murali, Malinga - No magic, just mediocre bowlers...none of them would get into a county side, perhaps apart from Malinga Bandara.

Anonymous's picture

AJANTHA,HERATH,RANDIV,ERANGA,WELA SHOULD PICK FOR THIS SERIES.

Dasun's picture

I saw nuwan pradeep recovered better pick him too

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