What he said:
“I can’t make speeches like Churchill and I’ll try to be as natural as I can.”
Graeme Swann—the comedian—takes over from Stuart Board as skipper of the English T20 squad for two matches against West Indies next week.
It’s a Twenty20 series with a lot of young lads so I’ll have to change the way I am from the Test side.
I’m very much the joker in the Test team, I’m there for a stupid quip at the end of the session. With this Twenty20 side, I’ll naturally have to be more grown up and mature about things.
But I don’t intend to be deadly serious and change too much. I believe a fairly high-spirited approach has made me the cricketer I am.
I’ll certainly look to keep that going within my own game and, if that’s infectious to others, then great.
What Swann really meant:
“I have games to win, not speeches to make.”
What Swann definitely didn’t:
“I’ll just get the Windians to fall over—laughing their guts out.”