England v India, 3rd Test, Edgbaston, 4th day August 13, 2011

England dethrone India to become No.1

ESPNcricinfo staff

England have claimed the No. 1 spot for the first time under the current rankings system which has been in place since 2003, thanks to an unassailable 3-0 lead in the ongoing Test series against India at home. England, who were No. 3 at the start of the series, had to win the series by a margin of two Tests to become No. 1, and their three straight wins - all of them by big margins - have dethroned India, who reigned since December 2009.

The climb to the top received a boost in 2009 when England reclaimed the Ashes at home after suffering a series defeat to West Indies in the Caribbean. They drew a series in South Africa after that, beat Pakistan comprehensively at home and retained the Ashes with a 3-1 win in Australia in 2010-11. Prior to beating India, they won 1-0 against Sri Lanka at home. Since May 2009, they've won 19 out of the 30 Tests they've played with just four defeats and without conceding a series.

The ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat led the praises for Andrew Strauss's team. "On behalf of the ICC, I would like to congratulate Andrew Strauss, Andy Flower and the whole team for becoming the number-one ranked Test team in the world," Lorgat said in a release that was issued seconds after England's innings win at Edgbaston. "I know they were determined to be number-one and through careful planning and a series of clinical performances, they have deservedly achieved their goal. They were clearly the most consistent side in the world over the past few years."

The rankings table will be updated after the Oval Test which will end on August 22. If England win the Test, India will drop to third place - to 117 points from 119 currently, with South Africa moving to second. A win or a draw for India will keep them at No. 2. At the end of the series, England will be presented with a mace for reaching the top spot.

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  • alok on August 16, 2011, 23:35 GMT

    Congrats to England. Winning or losing is a part of the game. These are the same Indian players who have done well in SA, NZ and Eng in 2007. No use blaming IPLas well, can't blame players for taking the opportunity. BCCI is the real culprit. Single 2 day practise match, nonsense cricket schedule and mismanagement of talent.

  • Don on August 16, 2011, 15:32 GMT

    zico123 what planet are you on..... 'it is unfair that India lost their no. 1 ranking in a series where they are without their best bowler Zaheer and 2 best batsman Sehwag and Gambhir for the most part' if Zaheer hadn't eaten all the pies he might have remained a bit fitter, he was obviously out of nick & overweight before he started as was Yuvraj.....these guys are supposed to be pro sportsmen & TEST CRICKET is just that a TEST both of mental strength & fitness & talent. We were without TROTT & TREMLETT plus most likely ANDERSON for the fourth test you don't hear us moaning in fact I am rather looking forward to Onions if he bowls I reckon he will give the Indians a lot of problems!

  • Dummy4 on August 16, 2011, 11:40 GMT

    Congratulations to the English team for a deserving #1 spot and thorough whacking of my team. The Indian team was ruthlessly exposed and mercilessly bullied into submission. As much as i want to see India up and running again, i feel such a result was long pending and hopefully something good comes out of it. I hope that we somehow are spared from the 4-0 spanking. Where are the famous English summer rains!!

  • Rauf on August 16, 2011, 9:12 GMT

    @zico123. You play with the team you have and not with the team you wished you had. Who cares if Zaheer and Sehwag (King pair maestro) were not fit to play or for that matter the whole Indian top batting order. They were pretty fit to play IPL and were even rested thru WI tour. Your lame excuse is... well pretty lame.

  • Valavan on August 15, 2011, 21:04 GMT

    @Midstump, When Australia lost the ashes in 2009, they were no.1 who moved to no.4 due to the ashes loss. All these indians just want to spread false information. That was it, when England regained ashes, SA took the top spot for about 4 months until SL and India batteled in 2009 November for the Top Spot.

  • Dummy4 on August 15, 2011, 17:13 GMT

    Some ridiculous comments on here. Obviously everyone knows they will not be the undisputed number one for some time until they have proved their doubters wrong - as India did for a while - yet I'd like people to remember that when India beat England three/four years ago England were the injury stricken side with a second string attack. Something that India can't claim this time round - and England drew in India again in the last few years.

    Also @Maddy20 - to say that they won't be number on until they've won a world cup is ridiculous. This is the best test team we're talking about. No more. No one is claiming England are a great one day side.

  • Dummy4 on August 15, 2011, 17:02 GMT

    Take a look at England's past sucess.. 80 percent at home... and comming up for them is tour of Pak & SL... do i need t mention anything more.. india reigned 22 months.. lets see how long Englishmen ride on the spot.

  • kan on August 15, 2011, 16:01 GMT

    it is unfair that India lost their no. 1 ranking in a series where they are without their best bowler Zaheer and 2 best batsman Sehwag and Gambhir for the most part, it is unfair to judge a depleted Indian side against a full strength England side. i am sure the result would have been other way round if India was at full strength and England was without Peterson, Bell and Anderson. England's bowling is not good enough to win in sub-continent, so their stint at top will be shorter than that of India

  • John on August 15, 2011, 15:07 GMT

    @maddy20 and exactly who were India beating during this same time other than Asian teams in Asia? No one I can think of apart from that sorrowful performance against WI a couple of weeks ago - a team that would lose to Geoff Boycott's grandma at the moment. AND I think it is a very important distinction that you FAIL to make consistently ODIs are different to TEST cricket and are different to T20. Well done India for winning world cup by the way but England are now TEST number 1 AND T20 World Champions. Sounds like a whole lot more success than one world cup......

  • django on August 15, 2011, 14:06 GMT

    @anoopsiva, I dont know mate. I think they have the best squad in the world at the moment. They dont have any glaring holes. They are yet to be fully tested but they are streets ahead of India in talent with a great crop of young players. Other teams have some strong points but England cover all bases. If England dont hold the no. 1 ranking for longer than India I think they will be under achieving.

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