Swann, Anderson 'key' men

2011-07-12 14:36
Rahul Dravid (File)

London - India batting ace Rahul Dravid has highlighted Graeme Swann and James Anderson as England's star bowlers ahead of the teams' much-anticipated Test series starting at Lord's next week.

Fast-medium bowler Anderson is now the unchallenged leader of England's attack while off-break specialist Swann is widely regarded as one of the world's leading spinners.

"James Anderson has bowled really well," Dravid told the August issue of The Cricketer magazine. "He's been the trump card.

"Obviously Graeme Swann is a top-class spinner. We first saw him in England bowling here last time and the boys rated him.

"He's come on leaps and bounds from then and has become one of their lead bowlers," Dravid added.

"Swann and Anderson are the key."

Dravid, who averages over 65 in Tests in England, said India's batsmen would look to be positive against Swann.

"He's an attacking bowler and that's one of the things that is different. He's not just looking to contain, he's looking to take wickets. He's not scared to toss the ball up and gets turn with good sideways spin.

"It will be a good contest against batsmen who are good players against spin, who will not be scared to take him on."

India arrive as both the leaders of the ICC's World Test Championship and the reigning 50-over world champions.

But England, who've just beaten Sri Lanka in Test and one-day series, are third in the Test rankings and keen to replace India at the summit of the five-day game.

"All series are important series," Dravid said. "But this one is important because it's a series between two teams that have had good recent records, which gives it a bit more context.

"We won in England last time, so from that point of view England will want to do better this time."

Four years ago, India won a three-Test series in England 1-0 and Dravid said the form of their fast bowlers, led by left-armer Zaheer Khan and a revitalised Ishant Sharma, would be crucial.

"It's a hard one to call," Dravid conceded. "England are playing at home, so they have that advantage. We're a good side, a settled side, and we've been playing good cricket over the last couple of years.

"If we can keep our fast bowlers fit, then we'll be very competitive."

Since making 95 on his Test debut, at Lord's in 1996, the now 38-year-old Dravid has established himself as one of the world's leading batsmen, scoring more than 12 000 runs in 153 matches at an average of nearly 53 including 32 hundreds - figures worthy of an all-time great.

However, asked what the highlight of his 15-year Test career had been, Dravid ignored personal milestones.

"I'm really proud that India is the No 1 Test team," he said. "I've seen Indian cricket since 1996 and to be part of this journey and to see India become the No.1 Test team - not just for a short period of time because we've now been there for more than a year - it's something I'm very proud of."

Read more on:    rahul dravid

NZ on backfoot in CWC final

2015-03-29 09:23


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
  • Blitz
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @00:00
  • SS1
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @01:00
  • SS2
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @02:00
  • SS3
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @03:00
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Love 2 Meet

Got something you'd like to get off your chest? Got a burning desire to air an opinion? If so, be sure to sign-up on Sport24's FORUM!

Latest blogs

We're down to the semi-finals of the 2015 Cricket World Cup. Who do you see winning the title when all is said and done?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

Forum Have your Say on Sport24's brand new Forum!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.