Broad: Swann simply the best
Ahead of the anticipated fourth Ashes Test, seam bowler Stuart Broad has hailed Graeme Swann as the best player he's ever competed with.
Speaking ahead of the fourth test at Durham where England will look to win the Ashes outright, Broad was keen to hail the impact of England's spinner.
"(Swann) came in and showed that regular finger-spinners can take wickets in international cricket," said Broad, in an interview with AskMen.com.
"There have been a lot of spinners take wickets who've been quite unorthodox but Swanny is an orthodox off-spinner and he's had huge success.
"He's brought an amazing balance to the England side in that he can take wickets on the first day of a Test match which is quite different so a lot of our recent success in the last four or five years has been down to the balance he brings to the team."
Broad, who became the 15th Englishman to reach 200 Test wickets at Old Trafford, also heaped praise on James Anderson and expects him to reach 400 wickets in time.
"Jimmy's had an unbelievable two to five years really, to have gone past 300 wickets is very special and he's still 31 so he's got plenty of time left in him," he added.
"He keeps himself fit and with the quality of bowler he is I've no doubt he'll become England's leading Test wicket taker.
"He's already the all-time wicket taker if you add up all the international wickets so I'm pretty sure he'll be the first English bowler to 400 wickets for sure."
Broad also confirmed that Ricky Ponting is the toughest opponent he's faced while commenting on the quality of Joe Root, who he expects to be a feature for England for many years to come.