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Swann set to return for England in 2nd ODI

cricket Updated: Sep 04, 2011 16:23 IST
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Chastened by their experience of the abandoned first cricket one-dayer against India, England would have off-spinner Graeme Swann back in the fold for the second game at Rose Bowl on Tuesday.

Swann, who was laid off due to a stomach bug, is due to return and even though his replacement Samit Patel did nothing wrong on Saturday, the best one-day bowler of the world would only help the cause of the hosts.

Swann takes his ODI wickets at 4.43 runs apiece and a wicket every 33 balls -- a record which he looks to improve upon in the remaining games of the five-match series.

Swann would be expected to break the kind of partnerships which Indians had in the middle overs yesterday -- Parthiv Patel and Virat Kohli putting on over 100 runs for the third wicket. India eventually posted an imposing 274 in their alloted 50 overs before rain played spoilsport.

"In one-dayers, your job is to pick up wickets in the middle overs and not bowl in the end. Some bowlers do bowl at the death but that's not my role," said Swann in an official brochure.

Swann spelled out his philosophy of bowling in shorter formats of the game. "The major difference in a Twenty20 game is that you know that the batsmen are more likely to hit boundaries from the word go. You've only got 24 balls, you're trying to bowl 24 dots, 24 singles if possible," he said.

"During a one-dayer, it's much more a case of building spells, you can have mini spells within your 10 overs, when you try to build a really tight three overs, but in Twenty20 cricket, you're trying not to get hit for a four or a six."