England bowler Graeme Swann has dubbed a wicket-taking full toss to Australian batsman Chris Rogers during the second day of the second Ashes Test at Lord's on Friday as the 'worst piece of cricket' in Test history, although it helped the off-spinner to his best Ashes figures overnight.
According to News.com.au, even as an all too familiar batting order collapse left Australia teetering against England at Lord's on Friday, Swann, however, struggled to control the ball after a blow had numbed his hands, and his slippery fingers resulted in a waist-high full toss that somehow deceived Chris Rogers, who swung across the line.
The report further said that Rogers was given LBW out after Swann appealed, and Australia added just 78 more runs in their first innings, adding that had Rogers reviewed the decision, it would have been overturned and Australia might not be mired in quite as much trouble.
Stating that Rogers must be embarrassed about the action just as he is, Swann said that he believed that the ball was the worse piece of cricket in Test history, and quipped that he had to be in the centre of the incident.
Calling the incident as a 'freaky thing, Swann further said that the ball completely slipped out of his hands and almost did not go anywhere near the wickets.
Meanwhile, Swann expressed his gratitude at having his name up again on the Lord's honours board, saying that after Friday's effort, the honour felt genuine and more pleasing from an individual perspective given that he got on the honours board once before in 2010 in a game against Pakistan that was tainted by match-fixing.
Swann further said that to have his name up again, especially during an Ashes game, is like a boyhood dream come true.
Dismissing the notion that England had already gone 2-0 up in the series given that their Lord's lead of 264 runs with seven wickets in hand, Swann also said that they still have three days to go in the second Test, adding that the Australians are not going to just lie down and accept defeat quietly.
The Nottinghamshire bowler became the first England spinner to take five wickets in an innings of an Ashes Test at Lord's in 79 years, the report added.