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Swann: Lunch was pivotal

By Callum Dent at Trent Bridge

Graeme Swann admits the lunch break came at a crucial time for England during the fifth and final day of the first Investec Test at Trent Bridge.

After James Anderson had snared three scalps for six runs, England looked to be closing in on victory in front of a full house in Nottingham.

Yet a gritty 10th-wicket stand between Brad Haddin, who made 71, and James Pattinson threatened to get Australia over the line and just 20 runs were required when an extended morning session ended.

The interval rejuvenated the hosts, who wrapped up the match when Anderson located Haddin’s edge and, despite umpire Aleem Dar not raising the finger, a review proved to be successful.

“It was relief. The lunch break was the longest 40 minutes of my life, I won’t lie to you,” Swann told ecb.co.uk.

“You just want to be out there and get it over and done with either way because the waiting is unbearable.

 

“I was pretty focused and cool until we went off for lunch. Then you have a look at the board and think ‘they only need 20 runs’.

“The lunch break came at the right time because it breaks up the rhythm of the batting. You saw straight after the nerves had been ramped up for everybody, especially the batting duo. You do get nervous out in the middle.”

Anderson’s removal of Haddin not only helped England secure a 14-run triumph, but it also helped the seamer complete a 10-wicket haul.

Swann was full of praise for his team-mate, adding: “I was down at fine-leg and desperately hoping Jimmy would get 10-for because I thought he deserved it on that flat wicket.

“The wicket was slow and low; there was no pace today so that’s why we had to keep wheeling those wickets out.

“That’s why Jimmy taking four today was a phenomenal effort because you would think the spinner would take all the wickets. All credit has to go to Jimmy for his bowling in this game."

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