Swann savours 'dream start'
Graeme Swann hailed a "dream start" as England dominated the opening day of the second Ashes Test at Adelaide.
Australia won the toss - so often all but decisive on a batsman's paradise at the Adelaide Oval - but were bowled out for 245 despite the in-form Mike Hussey's 93.
In reply, the tourists were one without loss from the single over their openers faced.
It could have been even worse for the hosts after they slipped to two for three inside the first three overs - Simon Katich run out without facing before James Anderson removed Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke on his way to figures of 4-51.
"We'll take that," said Swann, who caught Ponting and Clarke at second slip.
"We got off to the best possible start with two wickets in the first over and three within three overs.
"We knew it was going to be hard and we had to stick in all day but, like I say, we’ll take 245 all out any day.
Swann added: “It was fantastic. To get Ricky Ponting out first ball, that’s good enough, but getting Clarke as well plus the run-out, that was a dream start for us.”
Another run-out later accounted for tail-ender Xavier Doherty in a strong fielding display from England, and Swann continued: "There was a lot of energy around the field.
"Those not bowling were scampering round like idiots, KP (Kevin Pietersen) in particular, just giving a pat on the bum here or there.
“It is what you need to get through the day. The team in the whole stuck at their task really well.”
Swann took two wickets in as many balls, including top-scorer and former Northamptonshire team-mate Hussey, but was forced into a largely defensive task as he bowled unchanged through the second session.
“It’s a flat pitch. It didn’t really spin all day,” he said.
“My job is just to try and tie one end down and let the seamers operate from the other. I’m pretty happy with the way I did that today and to pick up the two wickets as well was just the icing on the cake.”
Hussey had the better of Swann in the drawn opener at the Gabba when he struck 195 during a record partnership of 307 with Brad Haddin, who today made a battling 56.
As such, Swann was delighted to see the back of Hussey here when he induced an edge to slip.
“He smashed me all over the place last week," Swann recalled. “You have mini-battles all over the series and Hussey’s definitely going to be one for me.
“He’s a good mate of mine and I enjoy watching him do well but I enjoy it more when he’s on his way back to the pavilion.”
Swann added: “He’s a very good player of spin. I knew that before the last Ashes series.
“He’s one of the best batsmen in the world and he’s coming into a bit of a purple patch at the right time for him and we’ve got to make sure we knock him out of that as soon as possible.”
The off-spinner briefly reflected on a below-par personal performance in Brisbane, similar to his showing in last year’s Ashes opener at Cardiff.
“(It was) disappointing on the whole,” he recalled. “I bowled ok in periods but poorly in others so it’s the same old Ashes - first Test match I’ve let myself down but hopefully it will get better from here.”
On the prospects for the remainder of the match, he said: "It's a very good pitch so we'll be looking to bat as big as we can in the first innings.
“Hopefully that will be enough and we can then leave ourselves two or three days to win the Test.”