Former England spinner Graeme Swann reckons India seem ‘virtually’ unbeaten after their historic triumph Down Under and England would be achieving something bigger than their Ashes ‘obsession’ if the visitors manage to upstage Virat Kohli’s men next month.
The Ajinkya Rahane-led India overcame a host of injuries and thwarted one of the greatest bowling attacks to defeat Australia 2-1 and clinch one of the most extraordinary series wins in history.
The ‘Three Lions’ would be touring India for a four-match Test series, starting from February 5, followed by 5 T20I and 3 ODIs. Swann feels India dominated Australia in their own backyard like a very few teams have.
“England always saying ‘well the Ashes are coming up’. If you want to be the best team in the world, let’s be the best team all over the planet, not just trying to beat Australia away. We have to move away from looking forward to the Ashes series,” Graeme Swann told ‘The Sun’.
Australia not the best team anymore: Graeme Swann
“Australia are not the best team in the world anymore. They used to be, by miles, and we’re obsessed with this. I think beating India in India is a far higher thing to strive for right now,” he added.
“India are virtually unbeatable at home since we beat them in 2012. We’re not going to beat India unless spinners are taking wickets and then we’ve got someone batting like we had with Kevin Pietersen,” Swann emphasized.
Swann credited Pietersen for changing the way English batsmen played against the spin. However, Swann also said that England batsmen are yet to replicate Pietersen’s technique.
“He changed the way England had ever played against spin. He was ultra-aggressive. Let’s face it KP was a brilliant player and he batted unbelievably well there. But, we haven’t learnt from how Kev batted on that trip and haven’t gone on and used that as the blueprint,” Swann signed off.