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We need to be perfect again in Perth

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Graeme Swann & Andrew Strauss

Graeme Swann seals our awesome win at Adelaide

Our win at Adelaide was awesome. We talk about having the perfect game and we pretty much did that.

We didn't want to bowl first but we made a great start. When we had them three for two I was thinking 'what is going on?' Trotty started it with the run-out then the quick bowlers followed it up.

We thought we might do that in the first Test, take a few wickets and go through their middle order.

It was then important to capitalise on that great start and it was a fantastic effort to bowl them out for 245.

We knew it would be difficult to bowl them out in the second innings but we stuck to our plans.

We have Graeme Swann, who is the world's best spinner, and we knew he would play a part on the fourth and fifth day and that's how it turned out.

He led from the front and did the job we thought he would. He was backed up by the fast bowlers and the fielding was magnificent.

We controlled the whole game and did not allow Australia to get back in. As I wrote earlier, it was the perfect game but we know we must start again at Perth.

Stuart Broad will be a massive loss. He's our enforcer, so to speak.

He bowls the best bouncer in world cricket, he's aggressive and he's in your face. I have no doubts he'll become one of the greats of English cricket.

David Saker & Stuart Broad

Stuart Broad, right, will be a massive loss. He's our enforcer, so to speak. He also bowls the best bouncer in world cricket

He gets better and better every time he bowls. He understands his game and is still really young. His batting is a real asset too.

I am confident that whoever comes in - whether it's Chris Tremlett, Tim Bresnan or Ajmal Shahzad - will pick up the slack Stuart leaves behind.

Our other two fast bowlers are looking good at the moment.

Jimmy Anderson has been our standout bowler so far.

I was talking to him the other day and was telling him that he's so good he can put the ball where he wants it. He's so confident at the moment.

He has the ball on a piece of string - it just goes where he wants it. When you have a bowler like that, regardless of the pace of the wicket, he's going to be a handful.

To be a successful bowler you need to have a defensive part of your game. It's fine being a swing bowler in favourable conditions, but you need to have something else in your game when the ball isn't moving.

Jimmy has answered his critics who said he didn't have that. He's taken his game to another level.

James Anderson & David Saker

Jimmy Anderson, left, has answered his critics who said he didn't have a defensive game. He's taken it to another level

Steven Finn appears to have a happy knack of getting wickets. He's bowled some unbelievable spells for a guy so young. It's good to have a few bowlers who are 6ft 4ins and above.

The wicket at Perth hasn't been quick for a while. It'll be a bit quicker than what we have played on so far, but not like it was a few years ago. We expect it to be a good batting wicket that will get better as the game goes on.

We will have to assess the conditions when we start and I think our bowlers are the best in the world when it comes to adapting to a pitch.

If we think there is some pace then we will attack, but if it's flat then we will be more defensive and set good fields which has worked well so far. It could be a patience game. We will need to be disciplined.

I'm loving being part of the Ashes. I'm definitely in the right corner. Being an Australian in the England camp doesn't feel strange at all. I feel really comfortable working with the players and they have really accepted me.

There is a really good feeling right now. There is a desire to do something special. Our preparation, the coaching staff and the players have all been brilliant.

We know Australia will come back hard at us. There isn't an Australian side that will ever just roll over. There is a long road ahead, for sure, but so far, so good.

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