Graeme Swann could barely contain his excitement as he contemplated playing his fourth Ashes series and the return of ‘Swanny’s Ashes Video Diaries’.
The 34-year-old off-spinner has been on the winning side in his previous three Ashes rubbers, latterly aiding a 3-0 Investec Series victory.
During the 2010/11 series, his light-hearted video diaries were a huge hit.
“It’s all I’ve ever wanted to do in cricket. From being a little kid, all the cricket I watched on TV that I really fell in love with was Ashes cricket,” Swann told ecb.co.uk.
“This is ideal for me. I get to play another Ashes series so soon after the last. Lets face it, it’s the best cricket in the world. Forget your World Cups, forget your Twenty20s, Ashes cricket rules.”
On the prospect of a fourth Ashes series win this winter, Swann said: “It would mean a lot. I think we can do that if we go out and play good cricket in Australia. I think we will do that.
“I think we need to be wary. Going to Australia is very tricky as you know 24 years of hurt showed. It wasn’t until the invincibles of 2010 went over there and won…”
As before with his video diaries, Swann will be assisted by team-mate and good friend James Anderson.
“Swanny’s Diaries is back. It’s going to be amazing,” Swann enthused.
“Jimmy and I have already come up with a bit of amazing content. It’s still strictly my diary, but obviously I use Jimmy because basically without me he’s got no profile.
“It’s going to be great. We’ve got some great ideas. I can’t wait to show you some of the ideas. I’m not going tell you what they are, but they’re going to be brilliant.”