The Ashes 2010: Adelaide win reaffirms Swann's belief
Dec 8 2010 Press Association
GRAEME Swann is confident England can win the Ashes in Australia for the first time in 24 years after their ``perfect“ victory in the second Test at Adelaide.
Swann bowled the tourists to their innings-and-71-run victory by claiming five second-innings wickets.
The win moved England into a 1-0 lead and provided the opportunity to retain the Ashes before Christmas, when the series resumes in Perth next week.
``That was perfect. What a performance in the second Test and what a feeling of complete elation in our dressing room,” Swann wrote in The Sun.
``Now I am more convinced than ever that we can go on and win the Ashes series.
``Taking my first five-wicket haul against Australia and helping England win is up there with the most special moments of my career - alongside regaining the Ashes last year and winning the World Twenty20 final.”
Australia’s defeat has left them at one of their lowest ebbs in recent memory and Swann believes England can further demoralise Ricky Ponting’s side if they can maintain their momentum early on at the WACA Ground.
``Australia are sure to have a cornered-tiger mentality going into the third Test in Perth on December 16 - and the first 90 minutes or so will dictate how the remainder of the series goes,” he added.
``If we start well and maintain momentum from this game, it will be demoralising for Australia.”