Graeme Swann

You won’t find sportsmen doing anything they don’t think they can win.Graeme Swann
Date: 04.09.2018     Last updated: 04.09.2018 at 00.01

Why are you taking part in Strictly this year?

Basically because my kids asked me to!

What are you most looking forward to on Strictly?

The outfits and the actual performance aspect. I love performing in front of people, I miss that from when I played cricket so I think I’ll really enjoy the live shows. Most people apparently get really nervous and don’t look forward to it but I’m the opposite. I’m not looking forward to the training but I am looking forward to the show.

What are you not looking forward to?

Having my chest waxed potentially. That’s not happening - I’ll fight to the death if anyone tries it!

Are you going to give all your time to Strictly?

That’s one of my worries actually - I’ve got so much going on as the cricket season is still going on and my job for the BBC is to talk about cricket. So fitting it in may be a bit tricky but I’ll cross that bridge when I get to it. I think the later shows when we get to autumn will be great because the cricket season finishes but the September shows - eeek!

How far do you hope to make it in the competition?

If I’m honest I hope to win it! I’m not going to go into a competition unless I’m going in to win it. I’m a sportsman. You won’t find sportsmen doing anything they don’t think they can win.

Winning The Ashes or holding the Glitterball trophy?

Well I’ve won the Ashes three times and I like new challenges…!