England spinner and Ashes winner Graeme Swann says Durham’s Scott Borthwick is real talent

Graeme Swann rates Scott Borthwick highly.
Graeme Swann rates Scott Borthwick highly.
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AS a star of the 2009 and 2010/11 Ashes victories, a T20 World Cup winner, a member of the England squad that reached No1 in the world, and with 153 Test wickets to his name, it is fair to say that Graeme Swann knows a thing or two about cricket, and in particular spin bowling, writes Gary Foster.

At 32, Swann hopes he has a few years left at the top of the game, and while he is in no hurry to hang up his cricket spikes, he insists there is plenty of young talent coming through the ranks.

Scott Borthwick bowls during a practice session with England.

Scott Borthwick bowls during a practice session with England.

He believes Durham youngster Scott Borthwick is more than capable of succeeding him as England’s king of spin.

“Scotty (Borthwick) is a very talented young cricketer, and I think he can be a brilliant bowler in years to come,” he said. “Having seen him up close, I can tell that he has all the ingredients needed to be a top player.

“He has every ball he needs in his locker. He has a lot of control when he is bowling, and he isn’t afraid to put himself out there and take the batsman on.”

Read Gary Foster’s full interview with Graeme Swann in today’s Echo.