‘Perfect’ win has Swann flying

Bet on the AshesGraeme Swann is ‘more convinced than ever’ that England can win the Ashes Series in Australia (England 4/9, Australia 6/1, Draw 7/2 Outright Test Series Betting) after they went 1-0 ahead thanks to their innings-and-71-run second Test victory.

England’s spin-king was the star of the show on the final day at the Adelaide Oval as he took five Aussie wickets to help bowl out the hosts before the forecast storms.

Had the rain arrived earlier it would have left Andrew Strauss’ men having to settle for a draw, despite their domination throughout the Test. But the fact they had the match sewn up in such a short space of time has left Swann certain that this England team can win the Ashes Down Under for the first time in 24 years.

England face Victoria in a tour match before the third Test gets underway in Perth (England 6/4, Australia 9/4, Draw 2/1 Match Prices) on December 16 and Swann wrote in the Sun: “That was perfect. What a performance in the second Test and what a feeling of complete elation in our dressing room.

“Now I am more convinced than ever that we can go on and win the Ashes series.

“Taking my first five-wicket haul against Australia and helping England win is up there with the most special moments of my career – alongside regaining the Ashes last year and winning the World Twenty20 final.”

Swann (13/8 Top England Bowler 1st Innings) is now hopeful of helping inflict some early misery on the Australians in that third Test at the WACA which could go a long way in helping them secure the win which would see them retain the Ashes urn (1/10 England To Retain The Ashes) with two Tests still remaining.

He added: “Australia are sure to have a cornered-tiger mentality going into the third Test in Perth on December 16 – and the first 90 minutes or so will dictate how the remainder of the series goes.

“If we start well and maintain momentum from this game, it will be demoralising for Australia.”

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