GRAEME Swann insists the state of the pitch will not worry England as they look to clear their final hurdle in India in the Fourth Test starting today.
India captain MS Dhoni called for a pitch in Nagpur that turned from day one but Swann says England are unfazed whatever the state of the playing surface.
“If it’s a raging turner - which is apparently what’s been called for - then fine, we’ll just get on with it,” said the England spinner.
“We’re confident in our ability and people have seen how we’ve dealt with matters in the past couple of tests and I’m confident we can do so again. Our aim is to go ahead and wrap up this series but we know there is a lot of hard work to do.”
The latest injury to fast bowler Steve Finn is a blow. He was diagnosed with lower back pain linked to a disc.
Stuart Broad is already out with a bruised heel and so it seems that rather than draft in an extra spinner and have only James Anderson as a seam bowler, they will call up Tim Bresnan or Graham Onions.
It is 27 years since England, going into this game with a 2-1 lead, last won a series in India and captain Alastair Cook is confident they can pull this off despite the injuries in the bowling department.
“We always desperately wanted to win this series and we’ve got an opportunity to try to do that,” he said.
“We know how hard we’ve worked over these last couple of games and we’ve got to do it again with the same sort of guts and determination. Everyone is desperately keen to finish the job off.”
Barnsley’s Katherine Brunt is named in the England squad for next year’s ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup in India.
The opening bowler has been a key figure in England women’s success in all forms of the game in recent years including winning the World Cup in Australia in 2009.
Charlotte Edwards will captain the 15-strong party for the 50 over tournament which begins in February.