London: England off spinner Graeme Swann believes their historic Test series win in India has given the team the perfect launch pad ahead of the Ashes series next year.
Swann said winning in India after such a long span was a special achievement for the team and winning the Ashes next year would be the icing on the cake. “I’m already looking forward like an excited child to the back-to-back Ashes series in 2013.
I just can’t wait,” Swann wrote in his column for the Sun. “The series win in India- England’s first there for 28 years has given us the perfect launch pad for what should be another amazing cricketing year,” he added.
“There is no doubt we will fancy our chances of retaining the little urn when Australia arrive in the summer and keeping hold of it when we go Down Under next winter,” he wrote.
Swann added: “England’s victory in India was a spectacular achievement by any measure. I was trying to play down the significance of the series before we arrived because it was one I desperately wanted to win.”
“This England team is making a habit of breaking ducks our first win in Australia for 24 years and now our first in India since 1984-85. And that’s all very special,” he further wrote.
“For me, our victory in Australia two years ago must take precedence because I was brought up on the Ashes, trying to beat the old enemy.
That will always be the highlight of my career,” he added. “But this win is right up there. Of the three biggest wins I’ve been involved with — the two Ashes series and this one.
India stands in the middle. For me, it tops our win over Australia at home in 2009,” he concluded.
First Published: Wednesday, December 19, 2012, 14:43