Swann confident despite Australia comeback

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England spinner Graeme Swann remains confident the hosts can win the second npower Ashes Test despite Australia's stubborn resistance today.

Michael Clarke and wicketkeeper Brad Haddin combined superbly after the tourists were reduced to 128 for five and when bad light stopped play, Australia were 313 for five, having been set an unlikely 522-run target.

Swann expects England to still press home their advantage but admitted they could do with making early inroads in the morning.

"It would be nice if Fred (Andrew Flintoff) did get a couple of early wickets but I have a feeling I'm going to have some part to play tomorrow," Swann told Sky Sports News.

"We've still got to get five wickets and we've got to get these two out, first and foremost. We've still got that new ball, so I probably won't be used in the morning.

"But I'll be ready whenever Straussy wants me."

Swann admits it would be a terrific achievement for Australia to complete such a turnaround.

"I think we're going to win, yes," he said.

"It's a massive chase and if they manage to get 500 then fair play to them. But I still think we're favourites."