Graeme Swann backed to star in Test series despite long dash home from India
NOTTINGHAMSHIRE director of cricket Mick Newell says star spinner Graeme Swann's dash back home to be with his ill baby will not affect him playing a pivotal role for England during the Test series in India.
The spinner flew home from the sub-continent this week to be with his wife and new-born daughter, who has been taken ill.
The ECB expect him to return in time for Thursday's first Test with India in Ahmedabad.
And Newell, his boss at Trent Bridge, says the experienced Swann will be on the ball despite the long-haul flights to and from India.
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Newell told the Post: "Swanny will be fine. Those boys do not sit in cattle class like us, they get looked after on the flights and he will be lying flat on his back to and from India, having a good rest.
"As cricketers you are used to dealing with these things and if he feels everything is okay and is comfortable to go back to India, he will have no trouble in doing so and putting all his thoughts into the Test match. He will be fully focused and ready to perform.
"But in the short term it is four or five days where he can be at home and be with his wife and baby. He had the opportunity to come back, so you cannot blame him.
"I know his wife has a lot of people around her to support her when he is away but it is nice for her just to know he can come back and take time out, before flying back.
"I sent him a text but I don't know exactly what is going on. I hope everything will be fine and I am sure if everything is, he will go back for the first Test."