London, May 18 (ANI): Beating Australia is always special, says England off-spinner Graeme Swann in an article for The Sun.
“Every time we beat them, our confidence grows that we can do it again and again,” Swann says.
“There is only one thing which could top the two incredible, emotional highs we have had in the past nine months. And, that is retaining The Ashes this winter in the Aussies” own backyard,” he adds.
“Winning the little urn last August and beating Australia in Sunday”s World Twenty20 final are the greatest moments of my career. To have experienced two feelings like that in less than a year is unbelievable. Now, we are all hungry for a third when we travel Down Under in November,” he says.
Describing the huge high the team felt after securing the title, the off-spinner said: “I have never moved so fast in my life. I am not the quickest across the ground, but I had smoke coming from my heels as we charged out to the middle. We chased Colly until we caught him and then were jumping up and down in a huddle and screaming like five-year-olds. You get punched and elbowed and everything but you do not care. Brilliant stuff.”
“The champagne was spraying in the dressing room and Jimmy Anderson poured a whole bottle down my back. Then we settled down for an hour or two, had a few beers, enjoyed each other”s company and contemplated what had just happened. It was a phenomenal feeling and very similar to The Oval last August,” he adds.
He makes a pointed distinction between the Ashes victory and the World Twenty20 win.
“It was not quite the same, because that was the result of a whole summer”s work, a release after all the ups and downs of the series. This was more a feeling of disbelief, the fact we had beaten the best team in the world with three overs to spare. That is a thumping in Twenty20,” he says.
He also said that he the England batters perform from the physio”s room.
“I am very superstitious and always sit there in Barbados. I have my lucky spot and I never left it,” Swann says.
“The atmosphere for the final was sensational. We were 5,000 miles from home but the ground was awash with flags of St George and the noise was deafening. It got everybody”s goose bumps up,” he concludes. (ANI)