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SPORT CONFIDENTIAL: SWANN GOES APE ON TOUR.

Byline: Edited by Tom HOPKINSON

GRAEME SWANN'S on-field versatility has put him ahead of Monty Panesar as England's No.1 spinner on the tour of West Indies.

Indeed, England plumped for Swann in the Third Test as much for his superior batting and fielding as his bowling, because of the uncertainty of how the Antigua Recreation Ground would play.

The 29-year-old's response was to claim a Test-best haul of eight wickets and hit an unbeaten 20 ... a cracking shift, to be fair.

But his adaptability will come as no surprise to those who know him, given his off-field talents.

A wannabe pop star as lead singer in Dr Comfort and the Lurid Revelations, his other star quality is as a mimic.

Team-mates rate his Owais Shah as his piece de resistance. But he does a better Ryan Sidebottom than Sidebottom himself - and so good is the impersonat ion that even the shaggy-haired bowler's wife, Kate, has been duped on the tour.

Bowling, Swanny!
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:Feb 22, 2009
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