Swann toasts 'twelfth man'

ICC World Twenty20 West Indies 2010

Graeme Swann chatted to ECBtv after England's victory in Barbados

Graeme Swann raised a glass of champagne to England's magnificent supporters, who helped make Barbados a home away from home.

Thousands of fans cheered as Swann played his part in helping England win their first global tournament.

The victorious spinner was at his miserly best, taking 1-17 to restrict Australia to 147 for six, a total which England overhauled with relative ease.

Swann then joined the hordes of fans by screaming as Paul Collingwood hit the winning runs with three overs remaining.

"The noise was just phenomenal," Swann told ECBtv.

"Away from England, to have that support, that many England flags flying - we knew how many people at home were watching - but the noise in that ground­ was phenomenal.

"They were like our twelfth man today. We have to thank them from the bottom of our hearts because it felt like we had an extra player today.

Graeme Swann, Paul Collingwood, Kevin Pietersen

A jubilant Graeme Swann and Kevin Pietersen catch Paul Collingwood after the England captain hit the winning runs

"Everyone was ridiculously excited; I was like a four-year-old on Christmas Eve. I got about an hour and a half's patchy sleep. I couldn't wait to play the game today. Everything went as perfectly as it could have done."

Despite the boisterous crowd, Swann said he felt little nerves when he came on to bowl and he took his tally for the tournament tally to 10 with the wicket of Michael Clarke.

"It was very at ease because the start we got off to," he said. "Bowling spin is great if you have taken a few wickets up front and you know the batsmen are under a bit of pressure.

"You know they aren't going to try and hit your first ball out of the ground. They are going to have a look at you for an over. It was an ideal time to bowl.

"I think it was the best I have bowled in the tournament. It felt fantastic and came out of my hand lovely.

"Once my bit was done it was almost like sitting back being a normal fan watching KP and Kiesy smash it everywhere. It was a phenomenal victory really to win a game that comprehensively in such a great big occasion.

"You do try and let it sink in. It went so perfectly well that it was almost a bit of an anticlimax. We just kept looking at each other and saying, 'Can you believe we've actually just done that?'"

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