May 22, 2011

English cricket

England's long-term goal: to be No. 1

Akhila Ranganna

Writing in the Sunday Telegraph England wicketkeeper Matt Prior says that while the Ashes win was the highlight of the winter, it was a stepping stone to achieve England's long-term goal. This summer gives us a great chance to advance further down that road, he says, because we are playing the team we want to knock off the top of the ladder, India, in the second half of July.

Home advantage is very important in cricket, and there is no point going abroad and learning to play on the subcontinent if you cannot make good use of your own conditions as well. Fortunately we have a strong seam attack and James Anderson, in particular, is a menace when the ball is moving around.

England's long-term goal is not an "airy-fairy target" says fast bowler James Anderson. But if you want to move up the rankings you need to win convincingly. So, we'll set out to win 3-0 and 4-0 is what he writes in the Daily Mail.

We want to be the world No 1 and if we do achieve that we will have to be the best England team there has ever been.

We want to create our own legacy and set an example for the next generation and show them what can be achieved.


Akhila Ranganna is assistant editor (Audio) at ESPNcricinfo

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