Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Swann Sees the Funny Side of England's Latest 'Blow'

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Swann Sees the Funny Side of England's Latest 'Blow'

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Byline: Tom Collmosse Sports Correspondent

GRAEME SWANN breathed a huge sigh of relief today after avoiding serious injury when he was struck on the thumb during England's first net session of their Ashes tour.

Swann was hit by a delivery from Tim Bresnan during practice at the WACA in Perth and was immediately given ice treatment and strapping by England's medical team.

Fortunately for the tourists, though, their key spin bowler was not in clear pain for long and was soon sharing a joke with his team-mates.

"And thanks to both of you who enquired about my thumb. It's fine," he tweeted, before adding in typical Swann style: "I just like my boiled eggs runny."

It has been an eventful start to the tour for Swann. Last Wednesday -- two days before England were due to fly -- the off-spinner claimed that he had lost his passport, only to find it at his home several hours later.

England bowler Stuart Broad also insisted his colleague was okay and that the strapping on his thumb was just precautionary.

"I don't think he's in any trouble at all," said Broad.

"He just got a bit of a blow, which you're used to in nets. I think he's pleased his thumb got him out of the running session."

With Swann apparently out of danger for the moment, England gained further encouragement from the sight of fast bowlers Jimmy Anderson and Chris Tremlett bowling in the nets.

Anderson suffered a rib injury after taking a blow from Tremlett while boxing during England's pre-Ashes boot camp, while Tremlett also returned from the four-day trip to Germany feeling discomfort around his ribs.

Both men took part in the net session but it remains to be seen whether Anderson will be included in the team for England's three-day tour match against Western Australia, which begins at the WACA on Friday.

Now they have landed Down Under, England are certain to be keeping a close eye on their opponents, whose miserable recent form continued as they were brushed aside by seven wickets by Sri Lanka in last night's Twenty20 international at the WACA . …

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