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Swann sets sights on England win

Graeme Swann
Swann picked up three wickets in the West Indies innings

Graeme Swann believes England have a chance of levelling the series against West Indies after closing day four of the final Test 82 runs ahead at 80-3.

England will need to score quick runs on Tuesday and hope their bowlers can produce a stunning finale in Trinidad.

Spinner Swann told BBC Sport: "The game has picked up pace. It had to really as the last two days have been boring.

"The key is to get a decent score. If we can get 270 ahead and give ourselves time I think we can cause problems."

It looks a long shot, however, given that West Indies batted two days for 544 in their first innings and, being on the verge of a first Test series win in five years, are unlikely to take any chances.

"We have to go in believing we can do it," Swann added. "The wicket is not breaking up as much as we'd hoped but hopefully cracks will plant seeds of doubt in their minds.


"We got blitzed out in Jamaica on a wicket which was probably better than this one.

"We will be hoping for a magic effort from somebody.

"We've toiled hard in this series and have not got a lot to show for it, so we probably feel due one or two magic sessions."

Swann rejected suggestions that England had become disillusioned during the stubborn 82-over partnership of 234 between Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Brendan Nash which helped the hosts get within two runs of England's first-innings total.

"I think it's harsh to say we were resigned to anything, we'd been out there for 150 overs and it was very hot," he said.

"You have to conserve energy where you can, there's no point jumping around all the time like schoolboys on Smarties, we were trying our hardest to make inroads but Nash and Chanderpaul made it really difficult."

Other obstacles for the tourists were a series of rejected lbw appeals and the continuing uncertainty about the referral system.

Swann added: "I felt aggrieved by a couple, but in Barbados I was on the favourable end of a couple so it's swings and roundabouts.

it's never easy batting last on any wicket, let alone one that has got big cracks in front of you

Graeme Swann

"I feel a bit sorry for the umpires, they're under a hell of a lot of scrutiny, this system is going to keep creating controversy it seems.

"We all thought Shiv (Chanderpaul) had nicked one but there was no way of telling, and Alastair Cook has walked off absolutely convinced he didn't nick one but he was given out."

Looking to the final day the spinner said: "If we can get ahead and give ourselves 50-60 overs we can hope for the best and me and Monty (Panesar) can create a few doubts, maybe it can go our way.

"Pressure on them can only work in our favour, it's never easy batting last on any wicket, let alone one that has got big cracks in front of you.

"Even if it's not really playing up they still look down at that pitch, one ball turns one goes straight on, that creates the doubt and we'll be looking to capitalise on that."

West Indies batsman Nash, who celebrated his maiden Test century earlier on day four, said his side were ready for a tense final day.

"The pitch is probably wearing a little bit, there are some good rough patches there for the spinners and if we get our chance to bat again we will have to work hard and counter that," he said.

"We have to make sure we have a gameplan and stick to it."

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