The UK Mirror Newspaper delves deep into England’s recent woes
‘Public humiliation’: Swann says England have paid for First Test defeatThe off-spinner says the team may not be evolving quick enough after becoming number one in the world
Graeme Swann has admitted England got a kick up the backside for failing to take the next step as World No.1.
The England off-spinner was in a reflective mood when he conceded the First Test innings defeat to the South Africans was an embarrassment. And after reaching the pinnacle of Test cricket he questioned whether he and his team-mates stood still while others were catching them up.
“It’s the old kick up the a**e isn’t it?” admitted Swann. “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.
“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.”