Chennai, March 14 (IANS) England off-spinner Graeme Swann sees “light at the end of the tunnel” for his inconsistent team and says it is all about winning four games in a row to take home the 2011 World Cup.
England’s stop-go World Cup campaign has put them in a must-win situation in their concluding Group B fixture against the West Indies here Thursday, but Swann, who interacted with the media Monday, believes his team can pull it off.
“It has been a long winter, but there is no point in whining and moaning about it. There is light at the end of the tunnel which is the chance to win the World Cup,” said the 31-year old Swann, the highest World ranked spinner at the moment.
Swann felt England needed to take inspiration from their World Twenty20 win last year and emulate that feat.
“It is about winning the next four games and show up a few people who have been knocking us back. We look to emulate our T20 performance. We had a consistent start in the T20 World Cup and that is the model we need to follow.
“There is no point in crying over spilt milk and the two games that we lost. We need to win the four big games now and return home victorious,” he said.
About Thursday’s game, Swann admitted that the West Indies had an advantage in terms of points, but if the pitch was anything similar to the one on which England beat South Africa while defending a total of 171, then he felt his team would win again.
“I hope the wicket would be somewhat similar. I loved bowling on that, although I took only one wicket. It is a sort of pitch I would like to roll up and take it with me around the World,” he said.
England, with five points from as many games, need to beat the West Indies to remain in contention for the quarter-finals while the Caribbean outfit is on six with two matches in hand.
When asked about the defeat to Bangladesh in Chittagong last week, Swann said it was rather disappointing and especially his own behaviour that led to him being being fined for “abusive language”.
“Oh yeah, it was quite a shame what happened and my own behaviour. It was my frustration with the whole situation. There was a lot of dew where the ball gets very wet, but then you should get on with it. It is part of the game. I have nothing personal against the umpires and I apologised almost immediately,” he said.