Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

We Still Win World Cup, Insists Swann

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

We Still Win World Cup, Insists Swann

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ENGLAND are confident they can still win the World Cup, despite succumbing to Kevin O'Brien's brilliance as Ireland inflicted one of the biggest shock defeats in the tournament's history.

Andrew Strauss' team suffered a demoralising setback against the Irish on Wednesday, and will surely need to show dramatic improvement if they are to be competitive in their next Group B match against South Africa on Sunday.

Yet Graeme Swann insists he and his team-mates, already Ashes winners this winter, are made of stern enough stuff to turn their campaign around in pursuit of England's maiden success in this 36-yearold competition.

The off-spinner's three for 47 at Bangalore's M Chinnaswamy Stadium were conspicuously the most respectable figures, by the time O'Brien had plundered the tournament's fastest hundred on the way to its biggest ever successful run chase.

"If we are going to win this World Cup - which we truly believe we can - we've got to go out and prove it, and we do that first and foremost in the field," said Swann, rightly identifying dropped catches as one of England's most worrying problems. Asked if he thinks Ireland might have dealt a telling blow to England's prospects, he replied: "I don't think so.

"Four or five days ago, the whole world was saying 'Oh my God, England can win' this - because we didn't get destroyed by that invincible Indian team."

England defied the expectations of millions of home fans by tying a remarkable match against the co-hosts and cup favourites last weekend.

"We know the fickle nature of the world, and we're going to ignore that and just carry on and play the best cricket we can," Swann added.

"I don't think it's a massive challenge now - it's one game and it's done and dusted.

"A couple of catches that went down cost us the game, coupled with something you could describe as wayward bowling. …

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