India will go after Swann, says Dravid

first_imgThe Indian team will take on England in a much-awaited series, which includes four Test matches followed by a lone T20 match and five one-dayers, and star Indian middle-order batsman Rahul Dravid has picked Graeme Swann and James Anderson as the bowlers to watch out for.Dravid said that the English attack will be quite a handful in their home conditions.”James Anderson has bowled really well. He’s been the trump card. Obviously Graeme Swann is a top-class spinner. We first saw him in England bowling here last time and the boys rated him.”He’s come on leaps and bounds from then and has become one of their lead bowlers. Swann and Anderson are the key,” the veteran batsman said in the August issue of The Cricketer magazine.Dravid, who averages over 65 in Tests in England, said that attack would be the best option against the off- spinner, who is widely regarded as the best in the world.”He’s (Swann) an attacking bowler and that’s one of the things that is different. He’s not just looking to contain, he’s looking to take wickets. He’s not scared to toss the ball up and gets turn with good sideways spin. It will be a good contest against batsmen who are good players against spin, who will not be scared to take him on.”The upcoming Test series and the subsequent five ODIs has assumed enormous proportions, with the England team making it clear they intend to beat India and go for the No. 1 spot in Test rankings.advertisementDravid admitted that the England series is one of the more important series of recent times. “All series are important series. But this one is important because it’s a series between two teams that have had good recent records, which gives it a bit more context.”We won in England last time, so from that point of view England will want to do better this time,” he said.For India, the key would be the pacers, as was the case the last time when India won 1-0 in England.According to Dravid, if India can keep their fast bowlers fit, it would add another dimension to the team. “It’s a hard one to call. England are playing at home, so they have that advantage. We’re a good side, a settled side, and we’ve been playing good cricket over the last couple of years. If we can keep our fast bowlers fit, then we’ll be very competitive.” Looking back at his Test career which has lasted 15 years, Dravid said the highlight of it has been India’s rise as the world’s best Test team.”I’m really proud that India is the No. 1 Test team. I’ve seen Indian cricket since 1996 and to be part of this journey and to see India become the No. 1 Test team – not just for a short period of time because we’ve now been there for more than a year – it’s something I’m very proud of.” The first Test begins at Lord’s on July 21.last_img

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