England Spinner Swann hopeful he’ll win World Cup fitness race.



England spinner Graeme Swann is looking forward to starting bowling again this week as he battles back to fitness after suffering a knee injury.

Swann spoke to the BBC and said, “I’m not fully fit but I’m getting there,”

“I haven’t had a bowl yet. I’ll be doing that on Tuesday. I’m a little bit nervous about it but I should be fine.”

England are due to fly out to the tournament on Saturday, and hope their injured players can pull through in time for the biggest tournament in cricket.

Tim Bresnan tore a calf muscle during the ODIs in Australia but has declared himself fit and Eoin Morgan is still hopeful that he can recover from a broken finger.

“I am all right to play,” said Bresnan. “I am back running which is a good sign.”

England will play their opening world cup game on 22nd February, when they face Holland, and will hope that Morgan, who offers such an attacking threat, will be fit to play.

Bresnan has been in the UK receiving treatment since sustaining his injury, and Stuart Broad is only just back from a torn stomach muscle, giving the England physios little rest.

And Bresnan is excited about the tournament to be held jointly by India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, and spoke about his teams chances.

“If we put in the performances we know we can and we get the players fully fit, then we’ve got a really good chance,” he said.

“These one-day games [in Australia] are no reflection on how well we will get on at the World Cup.

“We’ve got a good chance with players coming back to fitness and there will be a break after the one-day series.”

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