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'Ridiculous' Lord's Test delights Graeme Swann

Fourth Test, Lord's: England v Pakistan
Dates: 26-30 August Start time: 1100 BST
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Swann enjoying Lord's turnaround

Graeme Swann was delighted by England's "ridiculous" reversal of fortune in the final Test against Pakistan, as they closed in on victory at Lord's.

In disarray at 102-7 on Friday, England recovered with a record eighth-wicket stand of 332, then dismissed Pakistan for 74 and had them 41-4 following on.

"It's ridiculous. It keeps throwing up the strangest things," said Swann, who took five of the 14 wickets to fall.

"We're very happy to be on the positive side of it now."

Swann continued: "At 102-7 we could have been staring down the barrel but Broady and Trotty batting so well counted for at least four or five of the Pakistan wickets because they kept them out in the field for four or five hours longer.

"Their openers will have been imagining facing the first few balls at lunch yesterday so still to be out there at lunch today must have had a very negative effect on them."

Swann took the first of his four first-innings wickets with the very first ball bowled after tea on Saturday, and struck again late in the day, dismissing captain Salman Butt for the second time in a single session.

We had another collapse in this innings, which is obviously something we need to look at

Graeme Swann

Pakistan's most experienced batsman Mohammad Yousuf then fell to Steven Finn moments before the end of play in the second innings.

"It was a massive bonus. For him to pick out Trotty in the deep like that was the icing on the cake, it's like winning the lottery," said a delighted Swann.

However, he is aware pointed out that the record stand masked another disappointing showing in England's top order.

"We had another collapse in this innings, which is obviously something we need to look at - because that's not going to be good enough in Tests going forward.

"You're not always going to have a world-record partnership to bail you out.

"Obviously you hope someone can pull their finger out and support Trotty - but you don't expect them to pull their finger out to such an extent that they break all manner of world records and their own dad's highest Test score.

"It was almost a case of deja-vu from last week, that we'd failed again with the bat. But we're completely indebted to two guys bailing us out with a world record.

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"Trotty is one of those characters who's so lovable within the room, because you're just so glad he's on your team.

"He's so obstinate when he bats, and you know he's not going to get himself out. He refuses to throw his wicket away - it's very reassuring to have him.

"Broady's got something special about him and he's going to be a fantastic asset to any captain."



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