Graeme Swann eases injury fears with solid display

It was a welcome stint for the Nottinghamshire bowler, who said he needed some match practice. "Having not played much in the Champions Trophy, and then missing out on the first innings here after getting whacked on the arm, I was very keen to get at least 20 overs under my belt," he said.

updated: July 04, 2013 09:11 IST
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London: Off-spinner Graeme Swann eased fears he could miss the start of the Ashes against Australia by leading England to victory over Essex on Wednesday despite nursing a swollen arm.

Swann was hit on his bowling arm while batting on Monday on the second day of the four-day match.

What made matters worse was the fact it was the same arm which needed an operation on his elbow earlier this year.

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