After playing in the second All Stars game and performing the way he did, Graeme Swann would probably be thinking that he retired from international Cricket a bit too soon.
The off spinner was one of the good performers for the Blasters who although ended up losing the game, but, had it not been for Swann, the margin of the defeat would have been more than it eventually was.
Swann did his job both with bat and ball. He first broke the opening stand between Michael Vaughan and Matthew Hayden which was looking quite threatening and then, when his turn came in batting, he scored quick 22 runs at the end and built a strong 7th wicket partnership with the former South African captain Shaun Pollock to make sure that the Blasters got close to the target of 263.
Swann came to bat at no. 8 which was the spot where he used to bat in international Cricket too. He was never quite an all rounder playing for England.
But, one would imagine that on these short grounds and against the bowling of some of the players in their fifties, Swann can easily bat slightly up the order and he has that capability to clear boundaries. He is a fine slog-sweeper of the ball especially against the spinners. His swing of the bat is as smooth and clean as anyone.
He would surely be whispering now in his captain’s ears to promote him in the batting order in the last game coming up this Saturday.
Swann had not played in the first game. Carl Hooper was there in the playing line up instead of him, but, he failed and thus, had to make space for Swann.
Swann made the most of his chance and should now be a certainty for Los Angeles.