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India's break from Tests did them in: Graeme Swann

india Updated: Aug 17, 2011 01:35 IST
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Off-spinner Graeme Swann believes England are in a position where they feel they can do nothing wrong. And India are exactly its opposite where one feels they are in a 'no-win situation'.

"It's just a case when you're on a roll, it's very easy to carry on," said Swann. "You never feel like you're in a position from where you can't win the game."

He put down the hammering of India to being better prepared for the conditions. "Certainly the break India had from Test cricket worked in our favour. We had English conditions playing against Sri Lanka building up to this series. It was a chance for everyone to get ready and raring for this series, whereas India just had those three matches in the West Indies when it was 100 degrees and not swinging.

"We all know the conditions there and here are completely different. We did it in the West Indies a couple of years ago. We played three Test matches there which were incredibly hard for us and then won two very, very easily in April-May in England.

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"I certainly wouldn't write off the Indian team because they are a class act. If this wicket is as good for batting as it usually is, we will have to be absolutely on top of our game to keep them under 300."