Swann keen to stay afloat
Graeme Swann has told Sky Sports News he is aiming to make the most of his call-up to England's one-day squad.
By Rob Lancaster
Last Updated: 10/09/07 4:17pm
Graeme Swann wants to follow the example of county colleague Ryan Sidebottom by making the most of his second chance in international cricket.
The Nottinghamshire off-spinner has been rewarded for his fine form this season with a call-up to England's squad for the one-day series in Sri Lanka.
He has made only one appearance for his country before - bowling just five overs in a nine-wicket win over South Africa back in 2000.
Now he has been given another opportunity to impress, as Notts team-mate Sidebottom has certainly done since he was recalled to England's Test side earlier this summer.
"I got the phone call yesterday from (chairman of selectors) David Graveney and it's been hard to try and keep a lid on it," Swann told Sky Sports News.
"This season has really gone well for me and Notts. I'm just glad that I've got some recognition and now hopefully I can go to Sri Lanka and get in the team.
"You only have to look at Ryan Sidebottom, how well he did for years with Notts in the County Championship, and then as soon as he got his chance in Test cricket he repeated those performances.
"I take a great deal of inspiration from that and will try and copy what my mate 'Sidey' has done."
Swann will first have to force his way into the team, which will be no easy feat following England's impressive 4-3 victory over India in the NatWest Series.
The 28-year-old was particularly impressed by the performance in the deciding match at Lord's on Saturday; a display he feels is a sure sign of a bright future.
"It was great to watch the game at Lord's," he added. "England's one-day team is in good order at the minute.
"Certainly the breed of cricket they are playing at the moment is very exciting, and one I'm looking to be part of."