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Rupert Wyman 12th Dec 2008 - 14:31

Swann makes a flying start to his Test career

Graeme Swann on his Test match debut claimed two wickets in his first over to help England to a commanding position in the 1st Test in Chennai.

Swann has waited years to make his bow in the five-day international game after playing in 15 one day internationals for England the first of which was way back in 2000.

The Nottinghamshire spinner took like a duck to water to the Test arena dismissing Indian opener Gautam Gambhir with his third delivery and then three balls later Rahul Dravid was Swann's second victim.

England started the 1st Test as rank outsiders at 10/1 but so far they have made a mockery of those odds much to the delight of patriotic punters.

The Three Lions are now 6/5 favourites to win the Test and are well placed to do so after posting a first innings score of 316. Opener Andrew Strauss top-scored with 123 and half-centuries were made by Alistair Cook and recalled wicketkeeper Matt Prior.

But it was the England bowling performance that was most impressive as all the bowlers chipped in with wickets leaving the hosts reeling on 155/6.

England are now available at 10/1 to win the two-match Test Series 2-0. In the space of two days Kevin Pietersen's side have gone from 10/1 shots to win the 1st Test to 10/1 shots to win both Test matches.

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