England ignoring criticism says Graeme Swann

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Spinner Graeme Swann insists England are taking little notice of the criticism that has come their way during the one-day series against Sri Lanka.

England won the opening game of the five-match contest at the Oval but have since been comprehensively beaten at Headingley and Lord's to leave them needing to win the remaining two games if they are to claim the series.

Pundits have been critical of the balance of Andy Flower's side, particularly having captain Alastair Cook and Jonathan Trott in the top three, but Swann insists that the hosts just need to rediscover the form of their comfortable win at Surrey last week.

He told Sky Sports News: "We know we have to win the next two games to win the series and we are more than capable of that. We need to replicate the form we showed at the Oval and put the last two games to the back of our minds.

"I think we will start looking at changes when our management team and coaches think the order needs tweaking. It would be dangerous to make changes because someone said so in the commentary box

"I think we have the best top six in the country and the best bowling line-up and we just need to get back to our form at the Oval as no-one was saying anything after that game.

"It only takes someone to get a hundred and guys to bat around them and we are posting 300 and we are a good team again."

The bowling of Stuart Broad has also come under scrutiny during the first three games of the series, the Nottinghamshire man has yet to take a wicket as he prepares to play on home soil at Trent Bridge tomorrow.

Broad was also fined for showing "serious dissent" towards Billy Bowden at Headingley when the umpire turned down an lbw appeal, but county colleague Swann says England's new Twenty20 captain is remaining upbeat.

"He is positive," said Swann.

"He was disappointed with how the game finished at Headingley but he has fire in his belly and that's what you need. I want to see fast bowlers running in and bowling bouncers and bowling 90mph.

"He does need to curb it when he steps over the line but he is repentant and he needs to move on and let his bowling do the talking.

"We stay very tight as a unit, only a week ago we played out of our skins and we have had a couple of below par games since, but we have a good one-day record recently and in home conditions we should be better than we have been."