Ashes warm-up: Graeme Swann spins England to victory against Essex

Durham's Graham Onions, looking to break into England's settled seam attack, pressed his case with three wickets for no runs on the way to a return of four for 43 as Essex lost five for 11 either side of tea.

updated: July 04, 2013 19:21 IST
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London: Graeme Swann gave Australia a timely reminder of his ability by taking five wickets as England warmed-up for next week's first Ashes Test with a 228-run win over Essex on Wednesday.

Essex, set a second innings target of 415 to win at their Chelmsford headquarters east of London, collapsed to 186 all out on the final day of four with off-spinner Swann taking five for 68.

Earlier in the match, while batting, Swann -- England's premier off-spinner and widely viewed as a more potent bowler than Australia counterpart Nathan Lyon -- suffered an injury to his bowling arm, having had an operation on his right elbow earlier in the year.

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