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Swann: "Crowd can give us focus" Published: 16 September 2010

Graeme Swann insists England’s supporters have a big part to play if they are maintain their winning ways ahead of the fourth ODI with Pakistan, under floodlights at Lord’s on Monday 20 September.

The 31-year-old said Andrew Strauss’ men were confident of completing a clean sweep of series victories in 2010, as they target becoming the world’s No.1 ranked ODI side.

Shahid Afridi has promised a victory from his Pakistan side in the series however, and Swann admitted the visitors are getting more competitive as the series goes on.

Despite Afridi’s warning though, Swann said winning matches was a lot easier with the England supporters behind them.

Pakistan show fight

"There has been a sense in the last couple of games that cricket is starting to become the focus again and if we can get the supporters behind us then hopefully we can stay focused." said Swann.

"Obviously Pakistan have shown a lot of fight in the last two games, especially in the last one where we aided them with a somewhat schoolboy fielding display.

"It is a good test of where we are as a one-day team.

"Were up to number two in the world rankings at the moment and though they are hard to work out, on paper I’d say we are pretty strong right at the minute.

"We just need to crack on because every game you win should go towards getting you more points."

The off-spinner added his name to the famous Lord’s Honours Board on his last visit to NW8, collecting nine wickets in the innings victory over Pakistan last month.

With Swann as the fulcrum of the attack, England have been in consistent form this summer, winning both of their Test’s at Lord’s.

Bangladesh were comfortably beaten by eight wickets in May though England’s last ODI at the Home of Cricket ended in defeat to Australia.


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