Swann relishing Indian pitches

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Graeme Swann believes the conditions in India will suit him after he was named in the England squad to tour the country this winter.

The off-spinner has been in fine form for Nottinghamshire this season, taking 30 wickets in the LV County Championship, where they finished narrowly behind Durham in second.

The England selectors rewarded him for his efforts today when they named him in the Test squad to tour India in December.

And Swann believes his game is perfectly suited to the sub-continent conditions which are known to favour spin.

"It is the best place to bowl spin apart from Old Trafford, so I'm hoping to get myself into the team and make an impression," Swann told Sky Sports News.

It had been suggested that Adil Rashid would pip Swann to the role of second spinner behind Monty Panesar for the tour, and Swann said he had sympathy for the Yorkshire leg spinner.

"He's a good bowler and has had a good season, but I think the selectors wanted a bit of variation with the ball coming in on to the bat differently," he said.