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Swann confident ahead of West Indies series

England spinner Graeme Swann was in typically confident mood ahead of England’s upcoming home Test series against the West Indies. After a disappointing winter, Swann believes England can recapture the form that made them number one Test nation in 2011.

"There was a general sense of frustration over how we played in the winter," Swann admitted. I believe we should have won the Test series against Pakistan, and we should have been in a position to win the series in Colombo as well. It is very frustrating. Having fought to get to number one in the world, we could not maintain our performances in the winter."

Against the West Indies on English pitches, Swann believes England’s bowlers, who were impressive in the series against Pakistan and Sri Lanka, can be at their dangerous best. "The great thing for us is the time of the year we are playing, which should suit our bowlers," Swann said. "We've shown we can be lethal, with our seam attack, at the start of the summer."

Conditions aren’t so favourable for a spinner, and Swann accepts that his chances are likely to be limited. He admits that England aren’t exactly sure what to expect from the West Indians.

"They have one of the best fast bowlers in the world in Kemar Roach," he pointed out. "They are always a bit mercurial. You never know what you're going to get. I always enjoy playing against West Indies. I think it is going to be a great series."

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