Hard though it is to believe, it was only two-and-half years ago that Swann made his Test debut in Chennai -- creating an instant impression by dismissing Gautam Gambhir [ Images ] and Rahul Dravid [ Images ] in his first over.
Now, he has played 29 Tests, taken 128 wickets at 28 apiece, picked up 10 five-wicket hauls and installed himself at No. 2, behind South Africa's [ Images ] Dale Steyn [ Images ], in the Test bowling rankings.
"I've certainly enjoyed a halcyon period," said Swann. "In some ways it seems a lot longer than two-and-a- half years, but I've loved every minute of it and I could probably recall every wicket if I tried hard enough.
"As a team, we've won two Ashes series in that time, and a first in Australia [ Images ] for more than 20 years, so I think that says a lot about what we've done and where we've come from," he added.