Dravid wary of Swann threat
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India great Rahul Dravid expects the battle with England off-spinner Graeme Swann to be crucial in their upcoming Test series.
India arrive in England as the number one side in the world, but will need to be at their best to fend off the threat posed by Swann, who is the number two ranked bowler after a superb last two years on the international scene.
Dravid told The Cricketer magazine: "Obviously Graeme Swann is a top-class spinner.
"We first saw him in England bowling here last time and the boys rated him. He's come on leaps and bounds from then and has become one of their lead bowlers.
"He's an attacking bowler and that's one of the things that is different. He's not just looking to contain, he's looking to take wickets.
"It will be a good contest against batsmen who are good players against spin, who will not be scared to take him on."
Swann has played in just two Test matches against India to date, taking eight wickets at an average of 39.50.