Sydney: Australia`s Mr. Cricket Mike Hussey has said that he has always seen England off-spinner Graeme Swann as a relaxed and talented cricketer.
Hussey, who played with Swann at Northants for three years in the last decade, said: "I o remember thinking what a talented cricketer he was. I often wondered why he wasn`t in the England team. He had so much ability, and he was good fun around the dressing room. I always believed that if he got a chance for England he would do well because he had all the attributes."
"He`s developed a lot since then. He`s got more consistency, belief in his ability, and he understands his game more now," Hussey told the Sydney Morning Herald.
"He and I have caught up when we`ve played against England, and I don`t think he`s changed much as a person. He`s still a larrikin, a relaxed sort of guy, and we`ve enjoyed chatting a bit over the years about those days at Northants."
There won`t be time for chat when they take centre stage during the Ashes, especially with the likelihood that their relative performances will have a telling impact on the result.