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Newell backing Swann's selection

Graeme Swann
Swann will join Panesar in a two-pronged spin attack

Nottinghamshire director of cricket Mick Newell believes Graeme Swann has earned his selection for England's first Test against India.

Swann will make his Test debut on Thursday as team-mate Stuart Broad is out injured.

Newell told the club's website: "He has continued to improve and deserves this chance to impress in conditions which will be favourable to spinners."

Swann will form a two-pronged spin attack with Monty Panesar.

Newell added: "Monty Panesar has cemented the spinner spot but is always under pressure to perform and it's a massive opportunity for Graeme because he can offer more with the bat and in the field.

"England have limited seam options with Ryan and Stuart injured and I know that Graeme can perform at this level."

Captain Kevin Pietersen revealed watching Australian off-spinner Jason Krejza, who claimed 12 wickets on his Test debut in Nagpur last month, convinced England two spinners was the best way forward.

The first Test begins at 0400 GMT in Chennai on Thursday.

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