Swann joins up with England's World Cup flock

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Published: 10:24 21/02/2011

Graeme Swann returned to India to put himself in contention for a place in England’s opening game in the ICC World Cup against Holland on Tuesday.

The spinner flew out on Sunday after spending time at home with his wife and new-born son, Wilfred while recovering from injuries sustained in the gruelling winter Ashes tour of Australia.

Swann joined his team mates in Nagpur late on Sunday and will work out in the nets on Monday before a decision is made on whether he will play against Holland. Swann was sent home early from Australia with instructions to rest his back and knee which had been making him uncomfortable and now England captain Andrew Strauss has a full squad at his disposal.

"Graeme Swann has arrived so that completes a full squad that is fit for us to pick from and healthy and ready to go," said Strauss.

The mood in the England camp is buoyant, the injury concerns over a number of key players are now behind them and the team looks forward to getting off to a quick start with a win against underdogs, Holland.

"The six days we had in Bangladesh were really good in terms of the preparation for the tournament here,” added Strauss. "Obviously once the tournament is under way there is a buzz about things - and we want to get off to a good start."

With spin set to play a deciding part in the outcome of the tournament, Strauss will wait until inspecting the pitch before deciding his eleven with Michael Yardy also under consideration: "It is definitely an option for us," said the skipper. "I think we'll see how he comes through practice today. If we think the wicket will offer turn, it is a strong option for us."

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