England have no chance at WC: Swann

Graeme Swann believes England “do not have a cat in hell’s chance” of winning next year’s World Cup unless they add more firepower to their top-order batting.

Sunday saw England captain Alastair Cook suggest that the team’s prospects for the tournament in Australia and New Zealand were “very good”. But former England off-spinner Swann was far more pessimistic.

Swann, speaking to BBC Radio’s Test Match Special as rain washed out the first one-day international against world champions India in Bristol without a ball bowled on Monday, insisted England were “so far behind other teams” in their approach to the limited-overs game. “If he (Cook) truly believes England can win this World Cup.. I am the greatest patriot there is but we do not have a cat in hell’s chance,” Swann said.

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