LITESPORT GRAEME SWANN is dreaming of fac- ing Australia in the final of the Cham- pions Trophy - a competition England now believe they can win. Victories over Group B favourites South Africa and Sri Lanka made last nights match against New Zealand, which Andrew Strauss team lost by four wickets, academic. They will now face either Australia or Pakistan in the first semi-final at Centurion on Friday with serious ambitions of glory. Its a strong belief, Swann said. Coming into this I dont think any- one had realistic ambitions of us win- ning but the first two games proved we can and has strengthened belief. We dont make the tournament predictions. We knew if we turned up and played decent cricket for two games we would get into the semi- finals and that is what we have done. AustraliathrashedEngland6-1inthe recent NatWest Series but Swann claimed a five-wicket haul as a white- wash was averted in the campaign finale at the Riverside. If England are in the opposite semi- final to Australia, which can happen if Ricky Pontings side fail to beat Pakistan in their final group game today, the prospect of a clash in the final would be tantalising. We are on the up against Australia. The last time we played them we ham- mered them! Swann joked. I would love to face Australia in the final. Its the old enemy and everyone seems to get more interested in those games. New Zealand triumphed at the Wan- derers to join England in the last four, making use of the bowler-friendly conditions in mid-afternoon. Weshowedsomegoodfightingspirit intheendtogetthemsixwicketsdown but 146 was never going to be enough, Swann reflected. Wicketkeeper Matt Prior has missed the last two games through a virus but isexpectedtoreturntotrainingtomor- Swann eyeing revenge against the old enemy GROUP A P W L RR PTS PAKISTAN 2 2 0 +1.6 4 AUSTRALIA 2 1 0 +1 3 INDIA 2 0 1 -1.08 1 WEST INDIES 2 0 2 -1.5 0 GROUP B P W L RR PTS NEW ZEALAND 3 2 1 +0.782 4 ENGLAND 3 2 1 -0.487 4 SRI LANKA 3 1 2 -0.085 2 SOUTH AFRICA 3 1 2 -0.177 2 Top two teams into semis on 2/3 October. Final to be played on 5 October CHAMPIONS TROPHY RESULTS AND FIXTURES South Africa vs Sri Lanka Sri Lanka won by 55 runs (D/L) Pakistan vs West Indies Pakistan won by 5 wickets South Africa vs New Zealand South Africa won by by 5 wickets Sri Lanka vs England England won by 6 wickets West Indies vs Australia Australia won by 50 runs India vs Pakistan Pakistan won by 54 runs New Zealand vs Sri Lanka New Zealand won by 38 runs South Africa vs England England won by 22 runs Australia vs India No result due to rain, one point each England vs New Zealand New Zealand won by 4 wickets Today: Australia vs Pakistan SuperSport Park, Centurion India vs West Indies New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg All games live on Sky Sports Rematch against the Aussies would be the best tonic for spinner On cue: OSullivan hits out at Scot Ronnies rocket for underachiever Higgins RONNIE OSULLIVAN claims John Higgins has underachieved in his career but believes the Scot will be full of confidence heading into the Grand Prix in Glasgow. Higgins matched OSullivans tally by winning his third world title at the Crucible in May, and will be guaranteed strong local support as he attempts to retain his Grand Prix title at the Kelvin Hall. First up for Higgins will be qualifier Mark Joyce as play gets under way at the nine-day tournament on Saturday. OSullivan believes Higgins is the sports greatest tactician and is baffled as to why the 34-year-old has not won more world titles. With World Championship triumphs in Sheffield in 1998, 2007 and 2009, Higgins has established himself as a player to be feared. World No1 OSullivan said: John is one of the all-time greats and I think hes actually underachieved in his career. It sounds a strange thing to say, but its because of how highly I rate him. Hes the best tactical player ever ahead of Steve Davis plus hes a heavy break-builder, so hes got no weaknesses. OSullivan begins his own Grand Prix title bid against Glasgows Jamie Burnett next Tuesday. BY DAVID DIBBLE BY JAMES GOLDMAN Taking the Micky: Swann mimics Brett Lees celebration at the Riverside Inbrief Hewitt makes an early exit LLEYTON HEWITT crashed out of the Proton Malaysian Open in the first round on Wednesday. The eighth seed was dumped out by unseeded Swede Joachim Johansson with a 7-6 (9-7) 6-3 defeat after a below-par performance from the former world number one. In other first-round action seventh seed David Ferrer was knocked out by Russias Mikhail Youzhny, losing 7-6 (7-3) 6-2. McGinley keen to keep playing PAUL MCGINLEY hopes that his off-course part in helping Britain and Ireland beat Continental Europe again can spark an on- course resurgence, starting with this weeks Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. I still want to be player. I dont want to go down the road of being an official and all that - I dont know if Im ready for it yet, said the Irishman who is being lined up to skipper the 2014 Ryder Cup team. Read to skipper England sixes NOTTS wicketkeeper Chris Read will captain the England side at next months Hong Kong Sixes. Joining Read in the squad are Glamorgans Jamie Dalrymple, Kents Darren Stevens, Derbyshires Graham Wagg, Graham Napier of Essex, Peter Trego of Somerset and Sussexs Rory Hamilton-Brown. Australia, Hong Kong, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa and Sri Lanka are the other sides who will be competing for the trophy. Loye severs his Lancashire ties LANCASHIRE batsman Mal Loye has opted to return to Northants after seven years at Old Trafford. The 37-year-old, who has scored 10,603 runs during his time with the county, could not be persuaded to stay despite Lancashires attempts to convince him. It became apparent that irrespective of the terms of our contract offer to Mal his decision to move on had been made, said director Mike Watkinson. Stoner set for Estoril return AUSTRALIAS Casey Stoner will return for Ducati at this weekends Portuguese MotoGP after missing three races with a mystery illness. Stoner, who has slipped to fourth in the rankings, has previously suffered inflammation of the stomach lining and anaemia, but tests run during his latest absence proved inconclusive. The exams and inspections failed to show up any kind of virus or infection, a Ducati statement read. 50 Wednesday, 30 September 2009 London Lite row, while pace bowler Stuart Broad, who took three wickets yesterday, does not need a scan after his injury niggle eased. index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html44.html45.html46.html47.html48.html49.html50.html51.html52.html53.html54.html55.html