Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

We Can KO Aussies, Vows Swann

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

We Can KO Aussies, Vows Swann

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CHAMPIONS TROPHY CRICKET GRAEME Swann believes England can challenge the record books once more and eliminate Australia on the way to Champions Trophy glory.

Few gave England a prayer in the eight-team tournament when they arrived in South Africa on the back of a 6-1 NatWest Series drubbing to Australia. However, with little weight of expectation - England have never won a global tournament - Andrew Strauss's team eased into the semis and now face their Ashes rivals for the 15th time in three months.

And England have shown an ability to win when it is unexpected, with their first Test win over Australia at Lord's since 1934 a case in point.

"History was against us at Lord's this year when we hadn't won for 75 years but we won there and maybe this is a year when everything changes," declared Swann. "Coming off the back of six defeats you are thinking 'this Champions Trophy is three days out there and then we'll get back home and have a bit of a break'. …

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