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Swann: Indian series is much difficult than Ashes

Former English cricketer Graeme Swann believes that performance in Ashes should not be the yardstick for judging the England players. He said that the current England team must aspire beyond the Ashes as ‘Australia is not the best team in the world anymore’.

The former English spinner has said that beating India on their home soil will now be the benchmark and teams have to perform at their best in order to beat India anywhere in the world.

“England always saying ‘well the Ashes are coming up’. Bocks to that. If you want to be the best team in the world, let’s be the best team all over the planet, not just trying to beat Australia away. We have to move away from looking forward to the Ashes series. It’s a mentality ingrained in this country. Australia are not the best team in the world anymore. They used to be, by miles, and they were the benchmark to strive for,” Swann told The Sun.

“They’re not now, but we’re obsessed with this. I think beating India in India is a far higher thing to strive for right now. They’re virtually unbeatable in India since we beat them in 2012. Why isn’t that the whole thing? Why aren’t people saying ‘right, this is a chance to get this team with good players of spin, use their feet, change the whole way we face spin bowling, and then we can beat India’.”

Greame Swann was the part of England’s hostoric win against India in the Indian soil. England won the series by 2-1 with the heroics of Monty Panesar and Greame Swann.

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