Swann declares himself fit as England prepare to face tough Pakistan series
Graeme Swann is ready to bowl the marathon match-winning spells England may need from him if they are to get the better of Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates.
Swann mustered only two wickets, to his spin partner Monty Panesar's eight, in England's final warm-up victory over a Pakistan Cricket Board XI which concluded on Friday.
But he has reported himself fully fit after the scan on a sore thigh which had cleared him to play in England's 100-run success against the PCB.
Raring to go: Graeme Swann (centre) will lead England's attack against Pakistan
Swann has bowled 70 overs on this 12-day-old tour already, and is expecting many more in three Tests against Pakistan – with four one-day internationals and three Twenty20s to follow.
'The ball does spin – especially on a six-day old pitch yesterday.' he said.
'I should be getting a lot of work out here. It's obviously hot, and the seamers can't do the job they do in England – because it's just not the same conditions.
'I'm looking forward to doing a lot of bowling and, I hope, winning the games for England.'
Swann is also encouraged that England stuck to their intention in their warm-up programme by putting the chance of victory ahead of the possibility of extra time in the middle for all batsmen.
Warming up: England celebrate as they beat Pakistan's Cricket Board XI
That meant they duly declared in time to take all 10 PCB wickets in two sessions, and chalk up a second successive win.
'It would have been very easy yesterday to treat that as batting practice and let some of the guys get some time in the middle.
'But the whole remit of the team is to be ruthless and win every game we can.
'We were very happy that we managed to do that.'
As for his minor injury niggle, he added: 'I was a bit nervous going into the last warm-up game, because my thigh felt like a 32-year-old's rather than a 22-year-old's.
'But it managed to get through and felt great by the end of the game. So touch wood I'll be 100 per cent fit for the first Test.'