Graeme Swann has said that England do not class themselves as a ‘dominant force’ in world cricket, ahead of the Ashes series that starts on Wednesday.
England climbed to the top of the Test rankings in 2011, but have dropped to third recently – although they remain heavy favourites to beat Australia in the Ashes.
"I don't think we see ourselves as a dominant force," Swann told the Daily Mail.
"We climbed up to number one in the world, which was a feat we aimed to do and we were pleased with, but we didn't stay there for long so we're continually aiming to improve
"We want to get back up there and until we are, we won't see ourselves as a dominant force.
"I'm sure there's 11 players in our dressing room and 11 in theirs that have been looking forward to this for a very long time.”
England begin their search for a third consecutive Ashes series win over Australia on Wednesday at Trent Bridge, but the off-spinner’s recent comments show that there will be no complacency from the England team.
Swann is expected to play a key role in the series, too, as England’s best spin bowler. He has played 52 tests for his country, taking 222 wickets and averaging 28.50 with the ball.
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