The Ashes: Graeme Swann praises England's battling qualities
Graeme Swann was delighted with the spirit shown by England as they took control on day two of the second Ashes Test.
Last Updated: 20/07/13 11:19am
The home side resumed on 289-7 but lost Tim Bresnan first ball before Swann (28no) shared in a final-wicket stand of 48 with Stuart Broad (33) as England finished their first innings on 361.
Swann then picked up 5-44 as Australia were skittled out for 128 and despite Alastair Cook's side faltering on 31-3 in their second knock after deciding not to enforce the follow-on, they hold a commanding 264-run lead going into day three.
"It was (a great day). Obviously losing a wicket first ball wasn't ideal but I think we bounced back well with the bat," Swann told Sky Sports.
"To then bowl Australia out for 130 or whatever, we'd have bitten anyone's hand off at the start of the day if they'd offered us that."
Swann also explained the thinking behind his and Broad's aggressive stance in adding some useful runs at the end of England's first innings.
"We talked about just getting as many as possible on this pitch," he added.
"We thought it was a pitch that was much more of a 450 pitch, so we were a bit below par and talked about getting as many as possible.
"I thought I was too defensive at Trent Bridge, I was trying to bat like a proper batsman rather than a tail-end clubber so today I just tried to club it a little bit."
Swann refused to concede that the game is as good as won though and was already looking ahead to how the pitch may play if and when he comes to bowl again.
"There is a bit of rough to work with but the main part of the pitch I care about is the benign bit in the middle and that needs another day baking under the sun," he said.
"It needs to start breaking up and turning a lot more before I start waving about grandiose comments about us winning this game."
As for Swann's opening wicket in Australia's response, a bizarre full-toss that saw Chris Rogers trapped lbw but via a waist-high full-toss, the spinner admitted it was not one of the best deliveries of his career.
"It's quite simply the worst ball I've bowed, it just slipped out of my hand," he admitted.
"It was truly awful cricket. I was a bit embarrassed but I'm sure Chris Rogers was more embarrassed."