Swanny Bowls a Jaffer
In 2010 Pakistan toured England with the second Test taking place at Edgbaston. England secured a 2-0 lead in the four-match series after a nine-wicket win with a heavy contribution from England’s left handed spinner Graeme Swann.
Swann recorded his Test best figures of 6-65 in a marathon wicket taking spell and perhaps the pick of the bunch was the scalp of Imran Farhat where the ball drifts in before violently pitching in the opposite direction deceiving the batsman and England wicket-keeper Matt Prior. Many newspapers called the brilliant off-break delivery ‘the ball of the 21st century’, comparing it to Shane Warne’s ‘ball of the century’ bowled at Old Trafford in 1993.
Graeme Swann has played 60 Test Matches for his country and has took 255 wickets during his Test career with England. He took 6-65 against Pakistan at Edgbaston in 2010 which are his best ever figures. He made his Test debut in 2008 against India were he finished with 4 wickets in the match.
In March 2010, Swann became the first English off-spinner sinceJim Lakerto take 10 wickets in a match when he achieved the feat in England’s victory in the first Test inBangladesh. In 2011 Swann was part of the England team that claimed the No. 1 ranking in Test cricket and between July and October that year was the No. 1 ranked bowler in ODIs.