Swann has no explanation for what the team is doing wrong
With Hashim Amla scoring a triple century, and Jacques Kallis and Graeme Smith making centuries as well, it comes as no surprise that England spin bowler Graeme Swann felt absolutely humiliated in front of The Oval crowd, who saw their national team lose by an innings and 12 runs, which is considered to be one of the worst Test defeats England have ever suffered in cricketing history.
Swann could only watch as his team-mates got hammered by the dazzling South African top order and pray that when the ball was in his hands, he would be able to work some magic, but his prayers went unanswered, and he believes that England deserved to be beaten and given a wake up call since they have not been performing like a top Test team would.
The Daily Mirror, quoted Swann as saying: “It’s the old kick up the a**e isn’t it? You can approach everything holistically and be a bit trendy lefty about things, but sometimes a size ten up the -backside is what you need, it was a sort of public humiliation by the end of it, fielding that long and then getting skittled afterwards.”
Swann also noted that he failed to understand why England had such a dismal record since beating India 4-0 to become the number one Test team.
“I can’t deny that since we’ve been number one we have a dismal record. Whether that goes hand-in-hand with being number one I don’t really know. We’re not doing anything differently. Perhaps that’s it, perhaps we’re not evolving quickly enough,” he said.