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“I think we’ve got an exciting blend of youth and experience at the minute”
England off-spinner Graeme Swann has announced that while some people consider the national team to be too old to defend the Ashes, he believes there is no “need to worry about the age of the team”.
Despite numerous players like pace bowler James Anderson and flamboyant batsman Kevin Pietersen being in their early to mid-thirties, Swann reckons there is a perfect balance in the team, especially with the addition of all the young newcomers.
“I don’t think we need to worry about the age of the team…I think I’m the oldest,” he told the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) website. “It’s not like we’re all pushing the boundaries. If the oldest player is that age, it’s not like you’re all ready for the Home Guard yet.
“I think we’ve got an exciting blend of youth and experience at the minute. That’s one of the reasons why I’m confident going into this Ashes series.”
Swann also defended England’s healthy dietary plans, which has been the butt of countless jokes as of late, stating that many veterans in the side had proposed the idea and wanted it to be implemented.
“Some of us have to take it quite seriously because we’re getting on a bit, and if we don’t eat healthily we tend to pile on the pounds,” he said. “It’s all very good healthy stuff so I’m surprised it’s raised so many snooty questions to be honest because let’s face it, healthy eating is the way forward.”