Swing not the only thing: Onions
by CricketArchive Staff Reporter

Player:AJ Strauss, G Onions
Event:Australia in British Isles 2009

DateLine: 6th August 2009


England medium-pacer Graham Onions sais that there is more to England's attack than swing bowling as the team places their eye on an Ashes series win over Australia.


England are 1-0 up in the five-match series following last week's drawn Test at Edgbaston ahead of the fourth Test at Headingley.


On the second day at Edgbaston, Onions took two wickets with his first two balls of the day and returned with a four-wicket return while James Anderson took advantage of the overcast, swing friendly conditions with a five-wicket haul as Australia were bowled out for 263 in their first innings.


The story changed though in the second innings as in times of no swing England could manage only five wickets in all.


"We all know that when the ball swings it's massive for us, a great thing to have as a bowler," he told reporters here at Headingley today.


"If you're just bowling straight against good players you're going to go for runs. As England cricketers we need to make sure that ball swings really or does something off the straight or be aggressive."


"I feel as though we're good enough, if the ball doesn't swing, I believe and everyone in the England dressing room believes we can still beat Australia.


"That's without the swinging ball and just as using our skills as bowlers. We've still got the belief. We were close to winning the last Test. We put ourselves in a strong position.


"We took a lot of confidence from that. Of course we're looking forward to the Test starting on Friday and we do honestly believe we can win."


Onions hailed his skipper Andrew Strauss for the kind of support he has recieved from him.


"It's down to all the coaching staff and the lads in the changing room. Andrew Strauss said at the start, you're under no pressure at all, just go out and enjoy yourself.


"He hasn't said that since, mind," Onions joked. I'm trying to say that every time I go out to bowl. It's a great time in my career, and I'm not feeling under too much pressure at the moment."