Ashes: England spinner Graeme Swann remains confident after day two of third Test
England spinner Graeme Swann was in positive mood after day two of the third Test at Old Trafford.
Last Updated: 03/08/13 10:56am
The 34-year-old sealed a five-wicket haul but the home bowlers were made to suffer by visiting captain Michael Clarke, who struck a brilliant 187 to lead his side into a commanding position.
There was still time for the Australians to have a bowl in the evening sunshine and after a solid start from England, Joe Root and nightwatchman Tim Bresnan both departed - the latter controversially opting not to review having been given out caught-behind when the ball appeared to brush only his trousers.
Swann said afterwards: "Bresnan thought he'd hit it. He heard a little noise and assumed it was an edge and so he walked.
"It was tough. It's a very flat pitch and what spin there is, it tends to come when the ball's hardest so come the morning the ball will be softer. It's about 30 overs old now and it'll be great for batting.
"It's a very good pitch. Where you might get a bit more movement is the foot-holes - obviously with Mitchell Starc's to the right-hander. I think the main part of the pitch will stay true for five days, though.
"There's certainly more bounce than at Trent Bridge. Lord's was a good wicket to bowl on. Sometimes you get lucky with a wicket but you like to think you apply the pressure to get those wickets.
"I'm 100% behind all our batsmen to be honest. The fact that Cookie (Alastair Cook) is still there is great for us because he's due a big score.
"I don't really watch when he's out in the middle to be honest. I intend to put my feet up and hopefully sleep for six hours.
"Trotty (Jonathan Trott) is a world-class player as well and we've got Kev (Kevin Pietersen) and Belly (Ian Bell) and Jonny Bairstow and the rest to come.
"We're very happy with our line-up and the way to win this game is to go past the Australian total, get a bit of a lead and then see what happens on day four and five."
On the performance of Clarke, Swann added: "He's a very good player and I really enjoy bowling at him. We always have a battle in the middle."