Graeme Swann terms World Cup schedule as "ludicrous"

Updated: Mar 14, 2011, 20:03 PM IST

Chennai: England off-spinner Graeme Swann termed the lengthy ICC schedule as "ludicrous" but refused to use it as an excuse for their poor show in the tournament so far.

"Most of the other teams in the world shared the ludicrous schedule that we did. We can`t say that we were singled out. Although it`s not an excuse for not doing well. We are all fit enought to get on with the game. It’s just like I say a ludicrous schedule most teams share," Swann said ahead of his team`s last group league encounter against West Indies on Thursday.

Trying to put up a brave front, West Indies stating that all they require is four victories in order to win the World Cup.

"All things considered, if we win the next four games, we win the World Cup. There is no point in dwelling on the two games we have lost. Also the game against India, we should have won from the situation where we got ourselves," he told the mediapersons here today.

"We tend to play well against bigger teams and when it really matters. It`s obviously the biggest game in the tournament for us up to this point. And normally, that brings the best out. Hopefully, we can get both facets of the game -- batting and bowling."

When reminded of England`s T20 exploits and asked whether they would be able to replicate that form, he answered, "I suppose so. It`s some thing we are looking forward to. But in the World T20, we were more consistent than we have been here.”

"We didn`t start fantastically well. We were genuinely hampered by weather there. That`s the model we are looking to copy in this World Cup. There is no point in crying over spilt milk and the two games that we lost. We need to win four big games now and return home victorious," he added.

The offie maintained that despite defeats against Ireland and Bangladesh, the morale of the team is still pretty upbeat.

"It has been a long winter, but there is no point in whining and moaning about it. There is light at the end of the tunnel. We are looking forward to a must-win game come Thursday."