Swann Bullish over Test Chances

May 21, 2012 at 9:17 am Leave a comment

Graeme Swann is bullish about England’s chances of clinching the first Test against West Indies, despite a rally by the tourists on day four at Lord’s. The home side remain the favourites to triumph in the England cricket betting.

The Windies began the day 120-4, still 35 runs behind England. Shivnarine Chanderpaul (91) and Marlon Samuels (86) continued to frustrate the hosts in the morning session, as the West Indies headed into lunch unscathed.

England were rewarded for their patience in the afternoon session but they struggled to see off the tail, and the West Indies dragged their innings long into the evening, leaving England with an uncomfortable short session.

Chasing 191 to win after the Windies’ second innings 345, England lost Andrew Strauss and night watchman, James Anderson, to close the day on 10-2.

“We’re fairly happy. Cookie (Alastair Cook) and Trotty (Jonathan Trott) will be confident out there”, said Swann.

“It was tough going for a lot of the day, and it was always going to be a tricky 10 or 15-minute period in the gloom. It was a shame to lose the captain but we’re not too fussed about Jimmy.”

West Indies hero, Chanderpaul, believes his team have given themselves a good chance of victory heading into the final day.

“I’m hoping it will be enough. It’s there on the board, and we have a good bowling attack. We’ll put the ball in the right areas, be patient and anything is possible”, said the Windies stalwart.

“It was really good for us to get the two wickets and, hopefully, we can take that momentum into the fifth day.”

England are still favourites to seal victory on Betfair, on a pitch with no demons, and an attack without a world-class spinner. West Indies will not give up without a fight, though.


Entry filed under: County cricket, Cricket, England.

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