Graeme Swann happy with bowling display

Swann happy with bowling display
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England spinner Graeme Swann admits that he was pleased to get a significant bowling spell under his belt ahead of next week's first Test match with Australia.

Bowler Graeme Swann has admitted that it was "nice" to pick up a five-wicket haul in England's 228-run victory over Essex.

England were playing in their final warm-up game before the first Ashes Test match with Australia next week, and after securing figures of 5-66, Swann has revealed that he was pleased to secure some match practice ahead of the series.

The 34-year-old told Sky Sports News: "I obviously didn't play much during the Champions Trophy, and after being whacked on the arm and missing out on the first innings, I was very keen to get 20 overs under my belt.

"Thankfully, I managed to do that today, and to pick up a few wickets was nice."

Swann missed the majority of England's matches in the Champions Trophy with back and calf problems.

England's Alastair Cook and Graeme Swann celebrate a wicket during day four of the International Tour match against Essex on July 3, 2013
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