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

'The whole nation can be proud'

ESPNcricinfo staff
Reactions to England's ascent to the top spot in Tests
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"I watched the closing overs on the sofa at home and will remember the joy of the crowd at Edgbaston and England getting to number one in such style for a long time to come. The whole nation can be proud of our team of world beaters."
David Cameron, the UK Prime Minister, leads the tributes

"We've had to earn the right to get on top. We've got more confident and they've [India] got less confident as the series has gone on. We've done some amazing things and hopefully there are more to come."
Andrew Strauss, after completing the demolition job

"You can only be number one by playing consistent cricket, and England have done really well."
MS Dhoni congratulates his opponents

"This achievement is just reward for the hard work from all the players and team management and they no doubt will celebrate being on top of the world."
Haroon Lorgat, the ICC chief executive, joins in the praise

"I might party tonight.... Why not?? Its a Saturday.. That's why there are Saturdays right??"
Kevin Pietersen won't be turning in early.

"England win No. 1 Test spot."
The BCCI says it matter-of-factly on its Twitter feed

"As a very famous man once said. Thats niiiiiccceee Pah. Boom. No. 1."
Tim Bresnan sums it up

"We set out to be number one two-and-a-half years ago and it looked ridiculous, to beat Australia home and away but this team works very hard. Coach Andy Flower pushes us to the hilt and I know him, he will keep doing so."
Graeme Swann on England's rise.

"It started years and years ago in 1999 or 2000 with central contracts. The ECB invested lots of money bringing players through all the age groups from age 15 upwards. Many people have done good things."
Michael Vaughan, the former England captain, heaps praise on England

"England have a better chance than anybody to stay at the top..they give Test match cricket more priority than anyone else."
Sanjay Manjrekar on why England deserve their place at the top

"England deserve to be number 1 team in the world - they have a hunger, passion and play with an intensity - nice to watch them play !"
Shane Warne tweets his tribute

"The important thing is that this is not just for six weeks or the next six months, it's got to be for the next six years. I believe they can go on and dominate for some time now. To win a game you have to take 20 wickets, and our bowling attack is capable of doing that in any conditions."
Alec Stewart says England can stay at the top

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  • Shan156 on August 16, 2011, 18:39 GMT

    @givenUP, I did guess you are quoting last 10 years but England had played the other two sub-continent powerhouses just a winter back and got good results. You may as well have gone a year back and included that.

    Yes, we lost ODIs but no England fans claim that we are good at that format. We lost one test but it was closely fought and only an unbelievable innings and a masterclass from Sachin propelled India to a win in Chennai. We make no excuses though. You played better and deserved to win. In fact, in the drawn test in Mohali, you clearly had the upper hand. However, what you need to realize is that, the two bowlers who did the most damage in that series were Zaheer and Ishant. Spinners, Harbhajan and Mishra, did little damage. Also, it was not the same team. The coach was different and had issues with the captain. You had Flintoff who was struggling as a batsman (but was still an excellent bowler) and a struggling Harmy. There was no Trott or Bresnan or Tremlett.

  • vpk23 on August 16, 2011, 11:42 GMT

    THE TEAM WHICH GIVE THE MOST RESPECT TO THIS FORMAT ULTIMATELY WON THE NUMER UNO POSITION..JUST REWARDS!!!!!! WE THE TEST CRICKET FANS SALUTE YOU BOYS...KEEP THE INTENSITY GOING AND PREPARE A BENCH MARK FOR THE REST TO CATCH UP

  • on August 16, 2011, 6:05 GMT

    "The important thing is that this is not just for six weeks or the next six months, it's got to be for the next six years. I believe they can go on and dominate for some time now. To win a game you have to take 20 wickets, and our bowling attack is capable of doing that in any conditions."

    England bowling is deadly in English conditions, It would be a test for England in India, especially for Anderson. But yes they have a really balanced side and would do good on some-days with bat and some-days with bowl. but yes they would never match the Aussie team under steve waugh. i would give 2 years to England to be on the top. eventually someone will dethrone them and it wont be more then 2 years before that happens.

  • givenUP on August 16, 2011, 1:54 GMT

    @shan156.. I apologies for starting the stats from 2001 winter, but a little common sense would have saved you from bafflement... last ten years stats.. but anyways like you rightly said past is past.. citing the example of your recent ashes win against Australia.. But again you also pointed out that the only match you won was against a depleted Aus side..well my friend ...the recent ashes that you played was also against the down and out, struggling with selection & depleted Aus side.... Bt ur exact same side traveled to India.. if you remember...& were whitewashed in one dayers and were beaten in tests All i was trying to say was that the comments made by ex-Eng players and ex-Aus about this England side being the deserving No.1 and the Indian team being there just by luck are completely biased..Playing Swing and seam is as much an art as playing spin is..we are bad at one and you guys at the other...So lets believe in wat the rankings say and not make claims abt who is deserving

  • Shan156 on August 15, 2011, 20:06 GMT

    @binojpeter, you are being too charitable. Even if England win the away series in SL, they would still be a long way away from being considered equal to the great West Indian or Australian teams. At the moment, they are a very good team but they have to consistently win home and away series to be considered among the pantheon of great teams. It is going to be very hard but not impossible.

  • Shan156 on August 15, 2011, 20:03 GMT

    @givenUP, Also, you appear to suggest that past results are indicators of future. In that case, we might as well sit at home and forfeit the series. England's poor record in the sub-continent only means that we have unfinished business in those countries.

    What was India's record before their last winter tour to SA? They had lost all series they played and had one win and a lot of defeats. But, they managed to draw the series 1-1. They had a very good record in England before the on-going series but have been humiliated in the three tests so far.

    So, past doesn't mean much. England have the opportunity to silence critics when they play SL and Pak away this winter. With their strength in depth and their professionalism to go with their talent, we are very confident that they will do very well.

  • Shan156 on August 15, 2011, 20:00 GMT

    @givenUP, no English fan claims that we have a formidable record in the sub-continent. Guess what, we had a poor record in Australia before the last Ashes. Since the dawn of the new millenium till the start of the 2010 Ashes, England won 1 and lost 9 of the 10 tests. The one win came in a dead rubber when Australia didn't have both McGrath and Warne. It is far worse than England's record of 1 win, 7 defeat, 9 draws in India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. At least, England managed to win series in Pakistan and SL in 2000-2001 (for whatever reason, you are considering only records from the 2001 winter) but never managed a win in OZ land since 1986-1987. Remind me the result of the last Ashes played down under.

  • Shan156 on August 15, 2011, 19:48 GMT

    @ansram, Pakistan seamers troubled the English batsmen but Sri Lanka? No way! In fact, Praveen, Ishant and Sreesanth all had their moments in this series. Praveen, especially, excelled in these conditions. At no point did SL look like taking 20 English wickets. While the Indian bowling is not the best, it is way way superior to SL's pop-gun attack.

  • zico123 on August 15, 2011, 16:18 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

  • awg3599 on August 15, 2011, 14:33 GMT

    @Dravid_Gravitas "India have played decent cricket in all parts of the world" - where would this be exactly apart from Asia? Lost in England, poor showing in WIs and ever won in Australia or SA? And England's "half-decent cricket" have seen them WIN in Asia, WIN in Australia and draw in SA. Indian cricket is moving in only one direction over next few years and that is down. Can't wait for for Eng to play in India and totally smash them like they have just done! It used to be that playing in India was a tough tour not any more - many retirements imminent and what replacements are there? Are the two we've seen this summer so far the best spinners you got? If so, Boycott's grandma should come out of retirement and have a bowl for India.

  • Shan156 on August 16, 2011, 18:39 GMT

    @givenUP, I did guess you are quoting last 10 years but England had played the other two sub-continent powerhouses just a winter back and got good results. You may as well have gone a year back and included that.

    Yes, we lost ODIs but no England fans claim that we are good at that format. We lost one test but it was closely fought and only an unbelievable innings and a masterclass from Sachin propelled India to a win in Chennai. We make no excuses though. You played better and deserved to win. In fact, in the drawn test in Mohali, you clearly had the upper hand. However, what you need to realize is that, the two bowlers who did the most damage in that series were Zaheer and Ishant. Spinners, Harbhajan and Mishra, did little damage. Also, it was not the same team. The coach was different and had issues with the captain. You had Flintoff who was struggling as a batsman (but was still an excellent bowler) and a struggling Harmy. There was no Trott or Bresnan or Tremlett.

  • vpk23 on August 16, 2011, 11:42 GMT

    THE TEAM WHICH GIVE THE MOST RESPECT TO THIS FORMAT ULTIMATELY WON THE NUMER UNO POSITION..JUST REWARDS!!!!!! WE THE TEST CRICKET FANS SALUTE YOU BOYS...KEEP THE INTENSITY GOING AND PREPARE A BENCH MARK FOR THE REST TO CATCH UP

  • on August 16, 2011, 6:05 GMT

    "The important thing is that this is not just for six weeks or the next six months, it's got to be for the next six years. I believe they can go on and dominate for some time now. To win a game you have to take 20 wickets, and our bowling attack is capable of doing that in any conditions."

    England bowling is deadly in English conditions, It would be a test for England in India, especially for Anderson. But yes they have a really balanced side and would do good on some-days with bat and some-days with bowl. but yes they would never match the Aussie team under steve waugh. i would give 2 years to England to be on the top. eventually someone will dethrone them and it wont be more then 2 years before that happens.

  • givenUP on August 16, 2011, 1:54 GMT

    @shan156.. I apologies for starting the stats from 2001 winter, but a little common sense would have saved you from bafflement... last ten years stats.. but anyways like you rightly said past is past.. citing the example of your recent ashes win against Australia.. But again you also pointed out that the only match you won was against a depleted Aus side..well my friend ...the recent ashes that you played was also against the down and out, struggling with selection & depleted Aus side.... Bt ur exact same side traveled to India.. if you remember...& were whitewashed in one dayers and were beaten in tests All i was trying to say was that the comments made by ex-Eng players and ex-Aus about this England side being the deserving No.1 and the Indian team being there just by luck are completely biased..Playing Swing and seam is as much an art as playing spin is..we are bad at one and you guys at the other...So lets believe in wat the rankings say and not make claims abt who is deserving

  • Shan156 on August 15, 2011, 20:06 GMT

    @binojpeter, you are being too charitable. Even if England win the away series in SL, they would still be a long way away from being considered equal to the great West Indian or Australian teams. At the moment, they are a very good team but they have to consistently win home and away series to be considered among the pantheon of great teams. It is going to be very hard but not impossible.

  • Shan156 on August 15, 2011, 20:03 GMT

    @givenUP, Also, you appear to suggest that past results are indicators of future. In that case, we might as well sit at home and forfeit the series. England's poor record in the sub-continent only means that we have unfinished business in those countries.

    What was India's record before their last winter tour to SA? They had lost all series they played and had one win and a lot of defeats. But, they managed to draw the series 1-1. They had a very good record in England before the on-going series but have been humiliated in the three tests so far.

    So, past doesn't mean much. England have the opportunity to silence critics when they play SL and Pak away this winter. With their strength in depth and their professionalism to go with their talent, we are very confident that they will do very well.

  • Shan156 on August 15, 2011, 20:00 GMT

    @givenUP, no English fan claims that we have a formidable record in the sub-continent. Guess what, we had a poor record in Australia before the last Ashes. Since the dawn of the new millenium till the start of the 2010 Ashes, England won 1 and lost 9 of the 10 tests. The one win came in a dead rubber when Australia didn't have both McGrath and Warne. It is far worse than England's record of 1 win, 7 defeat, 9 draws in India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. At least, England managed to win series in Pakistan and SL in 2000-2001 (for whatever reason, you are considering only records from the 2001 winter) but never managed a win in OZ land since 1986-1987. Remind me the result of the last Ashes played down under.

  • Shan156 on August 15, 2011, 19:48 GMT

    @ansram, Pakistan seamers troubled the English batsmen but Sri Lanka? No way! In fact, Praveen, Ishant and Sreesanth all had their moments in this series. Praveen, especially, excelled in these conditions. At no point did SL look like taking 20 English wickets. While the Indian bowling is not the best, it is way way superior to SL's pop-gun attack.

  • zico123 on August 15, 2011, 16:18 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

  • awg3599 on August 15, 2011, 14:33 GMT

    @Dravid_Gravitas "India have played decent cricket in all parts of the world" - where would this be exactly apart from Asia? Lost in England, poor showing in WIs and ever won in Australia or SA? And England's "half-decent cricket" have seen them WIN in Asia, WIN in Australia and draw in SA. Indian cricket is moving in only one direction over next few years and that is down. Can't wait for for Eng to play in India and totally smash them like they have just done! It used to be that playing in India was a tough tour not any more - many retirements imminent and what replacements are there? Are the two we've seen this summer so far the best spinners you got? If so, Boycott's grandma should come out of retirement and have a bowl for India.

  • krnataraj on August 15, 2011, 14:32 GMT

    let us see how long this euphoria survives. let england win in the sub-continent and more importantly let us see if their so called world class batsmen can face up to the likes of steyn and morkel on seaming and fast wickets. this is to early to count the chickens yet. one series win against a dis-illusioned indian batting is not the true test of england's abilities. if england can beat a team like the proteas then they deserve to be called the number one. untill then england can live in a world of illusions!!

  • on August 15, 2011, 7:53 GMT

    IPL has destroyed Indian Test Cricket. Tendulkar, VVS and Dravid are old warriors but they do relatively well in Tests as in their days there was no IPL.I shudder to think what will happen when they retire. The likes of Yuvraj, Raina, Kohli and Rohit will be total disasters in Tests and India will slip to 4 or 5. But personal gains are there, the Indian cricketers have become millionaires, so what if they get thrashed in England, they have lots of money, sponsorships, lucrative contracts, maybe thats more important for them, national pride has gone onto the back burner, sorry to say.

  • scoopster35 on August 15, 2011, 7:46 GMT

    What is it that Indian fans hate so much about England? Is it really historical? Have any of the people on here actually been to England, watched a game of cricket here, spoken to us fans? We make noise when we win and noise when we lose. We are always behind our team, travel in huge numbers to support our team and our fans are far more generous to the opposition than anyone else (witness the applause for Tendulkar at Edgbaston). We are multicultural and are delighted to see so many people of Indian origin support their team in England. Where else would people feel so comfortable doing that? We've had decades of doing poorly and now we are enjoying the fruits of our labour. Again, what is it that irritates Indian fans so much? Please explain!!!

  • ansram on August 15, 2011, 7:42 GMT

    English bowling is dream like and perhaps the best in the world - Anderson, Tremlett, Bresnan, Broad and Swann. This team will retain its no 1 spot for a few years. Now compare this with India's line up - Sree, Ishant, Bhajji, Praveen none of the names invoke fear. Batting wise, England and India were not so unequal this series even though it does not look like that from the scorecard. English would have struggled against the formidable and clever English bowling on these wickets. The main difference is bowling and fielding. Unless India come up with bowlers who make batsmen loose sleep, they will never dominate even if they occasionally reach no 1 on paper. Even Pak and SL troubled the English batsmen while Indian bowlers bowled like club teams. Indian bowlers could not even trouble Somerset and Northants. They better improve or will loose their way as in the past and will regain their customary 5-6 spot.

  • on August 15, 2011, 6:53 GMT

    3 key moments and all the praise could have been diverted to India Dravid dropping KP off Bhajji in the his very first over at lord's , 124-8 at tent bridge india couldn't finish off

  • givenUP on August 15, 2011, 6:48 GMT

    Congrats England!!!! They took the number 1 spot in style. But now comes the real test. They are going to play against Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka and might play Pakistan in Pakistan. And here is the bitter truth.... they have the worst record in sub continent than any other top nation. There away record vs India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan since is pathetic........ only 1 win from 17 games....lolz(India's record on any foreign soil is better than that) .... that was against india in 2006....... no win against Pakistan or Sri Lanka....... forget it..... England will lose rank 1 by march, 2012.......probably to South Africa....... India will have to win the series in Australia to have a chance to retain rank 1 and then wait till England gets thrashed by the Lankans.....

  • Stevieweivy on August 15, 2011, 5:36 GMT

    I think this is a chance for those in charge of Indian cricket to have the mandate to do what is necessary to fix whatever is broken in Indian test cricket and give the fans a side that is worthy of the great sides that have gone before it - alternatively they can just say - yeah - that's great but let's see how they go when they play on the subcontinent and sidestep the whole issue.

    Credit where it's due - England can only play the fixtures that are scheduled - the time will come when they will play in India and of course it will be interesting to see to what degree England struggles but to write them off in that regard on the basis of past performances is missing the point don't you think - you could have levelled the same accusations before the last South Africa tour and Australia tour and they did OK there against expectations didn't they ?

    Pragmatically I think England have the potential to stay at the top for a season or more but it's easy to fall lose consistency.

  • SirLen on August 15, 2011, 5:22 GMT

    CricIndia208 - the World Cup is in no way the "pinnacle of cricket" if you have any real love and knowledge of this incredible game. Test cricket is, and will always be, the absolute pinnacle. Unfortunately your boys are so obsessed by chasing the IPL dollar that they've forgotten that and embarrassed a billion people.

  • binojpeter on August 15, 2011, 4:46 GMT

    I am an Indian fan and I congratulate England for the excellent show in this series. They were clearly miles ahead of India in batting and bowling. I think they have the best test team in the world currently. They won most of the recent series except for the away series against WI and drawn away series against SA. But it is bit early to compare them to WI of 70s and Aussies of late 90s and early 2000s since they have not won a recent series in subcontinent conditions. Last one was in India in 2008 which they lost 1-0. So the future Srilanka series according to me will be a litmus test for that. If they win that series, I think they can be surely said to counted among the WI & Aus.

  • FaheemAhmed on August 15, 2011, 4:38 GMT

    Everyone says England bowling attack is capable of picking 20 wickets in all conditions, They just rely on pacers, their spinner(swan) looks ordinary, Don't forget they hasn't visit sub-continent yet, let see what happens when they visit india/sri lanka, this will be their real test, they only plays in seaming or bouncy pitches, where fast bowlers picks wickets easily but in slow conditions they have to work hard. I bet in india, india win series 2-0.

  • on August 15, 2011, 0:53 GMT

    England at the moment have potent Seamers and have not dominated the test standings. As a matter of fact, they are yet to prove their mettle against South Africa. I expect South Africa to claim the top spot from them soon.

  • GoodGrief on August 14, 2011, 21:58 GMT

    Of course playing in your home conditions is an advantage, and if you want to remain No 1 for an extended period you need to be able to beat any team in any conditions (just as the great West Indian & Australian sides have in the past). Can England beat the likes of India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka in their back yards? - I am confident that can, but time will tell. Whatever happens, I can absolutely guarantee that they will be fitter, stronger and much better prepared than this Indian team was. My only thought, is that too be successful on the sub-continent England will need to bring in a second spinner and play the five bowlers. I do not believe that a combination of 3 fast bowlers and the off spinner can be successful, this would mean dropping a batman for (say) a Panesar.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on August 14, 2011, 21:57 GMT

    India played decent cricket in all parts of the world. Let's see if England can play half decent cricket as India in all parts of the world. For now they are #1.

  • johnathonjosephs on August 14, 2011, 20:49 GMT

    @cricIndia208... sorry but the WC isn't really the "pinnacle of cricket". Especially when its won by India in India. The only place India can win anything! LOL

  • Dannov747 on August 14, 2011, 19:40 GMT

    @Dravid. Hah, flat tracks?! In England? Compared to India's? How did the Indian team never manage a 300 plus total on a 'flat' track? What spinners does India have that are better than Englands? Swann is the best in the world. The batting is better than India's, and that will be even more clear once Dravid, Tendulkar and Laxman retire.

  • YorkshirePudding on August 14, 2011, 19:22 GMT

    @tmd1, well firstly Prior moved to the uk at 11, and learnt all his cricket here, KP and Trott emigrated to the UK with no hope of playing for england, yet they were good enough to be selected after they had served thier 4 years. Also havent australia used non-australian born players, I seem to recall Khawaja was born in Pakistan, Symonds in England, Dav Whatmore in SL and thats off the top of my head. It's strange that this is only being brought up when england are winning, and not when they were losing, there were more 'non-english' (Caddick, Malcom, Gallian, the Holioakes, Hick) players playing for england in the 90's than there have been since 2005.

  • knan on August 14, 2011, 17:09 GMT

    England deserved the No 1 spot. They have been awesome in this series. With a very young team, I hope they go ahead and dominate in other parts of the world too and show that they deserve this top spot. India played well over the past two years in all the countries to be No 1 but the team looks jaded now. I hope they have the mental strength to pick themselves up and show at least in the 1 day games that they are deserving champs. As a diehard fan of Indian cricket, I hope the team plays some attacking and fearless cricket in the last test and shows some spirit. Only Praveen , in this team, has shown some spirit. Maybe Dhoni should handover the captaincy to Gambhir for the last test . At least India can take heart from the fact that the No 1 spin bowler in the world was taken to the cleaners

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on August 14, 2011, 16:37 GMT

    Congrats to England. The flat, pace friendly tracks in England worked in their favour. Let's see how they perform on the challenging spin friendly tracks in India and the sub-continent.

  • RogerC on August 14, 2011, 16:08 GMT

    Time for England to tour Sri Lanka, India and Pakistan and check out how good they are in alien conditions. I am sure reality will hurt.

  • shovwar on August 14, 2011, 13:51 GMT

    India never had world class bowlers to take 20 test wickets in unfamiliar condition except Zaheer. But he is not the Indian bowling line up, he misses a match India left crying....They cannot be a truely best Test side unless they find 2 more Zaheer.

  • notvery on August 14, 2011, 12:46 GMT

    @RAVI_BOPARA - its WHOLE not HOLE. although good effort and i enjoyed your excitement.

  • notvery on August 14, 2011, 12:44 GMT

    @EverybodylovesSachin - thats the problem being at the top it is only downhill, just ask india... and in 6months ask them if they passed out by going downhill so quickly?

  • jonesy2 on August 14, 2011, 12:31 GMT

    hahahahaa love how people think england can stay there. they will be gone by next year. the only they are there is because the ICC is a joke. only way is down england, expect to be hunted down soon enough, not enougn talent to stay there unfortunatlely for england.

  • on August 14, 2011, 9:03 GMT

    Ravi, don't say this. Have you forgotten the series against Pakistan in England?

  • on August 14, 2011, 8:59 GMT

    Brilliant brilliant news for the team! Well done boys! Ashes winners, and now the best team in the world (in test cricket)! Proud to be English! :)

  • CricIndia208 on August 14, 2011, 8:43 GMT

    India have won the WORLD CUP which is the pinnacle of cricket. Who cares for test cricket. England or pakistan can never win the World Cup. And India have achieved everything, World Cup twice, World T 20, Test No.1 ranking for two years. What has [akistan achieved?

  • on August 14, 2011, 8:05 GMT

    Its only fair to say that the better team won, today England deserve to be No.1 in Test Cricket. But their true test lies when they travel to places like Aus, SA, Ind, SL and maybe Pak. Will be interesting to see how they cope in these conditions. If they perform well then they will be world beaters in the truest sense. Ofcoz they have the variety,talent & hunger to achieve this but only time will tell. As for India, they have trouble in all departments. Beyond the "The Big 3" (all 35+) the batting lacks depth. Beyond an ageing Zaheer the bowling looks mediocre. Raina,Yuvi & Sehwag as batsmen r completely sorted out.U can call them flat-track bullies. Bhajji survived for so long only bcoz of kumble. These players have been given enough time to prove themselves but have failed! There is still hope in Gambhir & Praveen bt its time to get sharma, Pujara & d rest in while Sachin & co. are stil around. In bowling we need to rotate the pacers well. We shud also try out new spinners in tests.

  • mashed_potatoes on August 14, 2011, 6:20 GMT

    Sour grapes eh rahulcricket007? When Swann doesnt get wickets, we still have Anderson, Bresnan, Tremlet and Broad. We are the best team in the world. deal with it

  • tmd1 on August 14, 2011, 5:44 GMT

    My 2 son-in-laws are poms (i am aussie) and are bragging about English cricket,structures,training programs etc.My question to them is if all this is true why do they need to have players like KP ,Trott and Prior from South Africa in their team.When was the last time 11 English born players won a test match?For all Englands bravardo i think there is an underlining problem that they can't find 11 poms good enough to play in their test team. 15 South African born test players against 7 English born test players at the moment says it all.

  • sumandas on August 14, 2011, 5:43 GMT

    Contd.. I really feel worried for India's future in test cricket... and the thrashing in Eng is not the main reason. ODIs are different... but in test cricket, the cupboard of fresh talents is pretty bare. Sachin, Rahul, VVS & Zaheer are sure to bid adieu in next 2-3 yrs. What next? A future middle order with yuvi/raina/rohit/pujara/kohli & bowing attack of ishant/munaf/praveen/sree/mishra does not invoke much confidence. The prob is that Ind cricket always relied on individual talents coming out of a blue rather than creating a system that can consistently produce decent to good players. No system can manufacture a sachin or rahul... but it can supply a few trotts & cooks which can still be enough to be no. 1...

  • on August 14, 2011, 5:30 GMT

    Why don't India agree that it is not fit to be No1 in tests?In ODIs however.....Lets see

  • sumandas on August 14, 2011, 5:20 GMT

    That's the problem with England, particularly their media... going overboard whenever something good happens to their team. It seems no team was ever world no. 1 before and no one will ever be!! Yes, they are the no. 1 test team and they deserve to be there... but so did India for last 2 yrs and other teams before that. This will keep happening in days to come.... unlike Oz of 90s & 2000s, no side will be able to dominate others in long run.

  • chix11987 on August 14, 2011, 5:19 GMT

    india team dont desive to be the num 1 team cause cause they are not that talented..they got it because of the power and the money of BCCI..even they got the world cup by this way..so it was realy good that now every one can understand how weak this indian side is and harm that BCCI has done to CRICKET...hope its not to late...and every one should rise against BCCI...

  • Shan156 on August 14, 2011, 4:50 GMT

    I have read several hilarious comments in cricinfo but this one from "sekhar.kunapareddy" takes not just the cake but the plate and the table as well:-)

    "In my opinion the wrong decision of Harbanjan singh out in second test where Broad took hatrick is the turning point of the series"

    If the correct decision was made, Harbhajan would have scored a mighty century and, motivated by that, would have picked up all 10 English wickets for next to nothing. Talk about clutching at straws. England were at the receiving end for several bad decisions too - what about Strauss' wicket off a no-ball that Simon Taufel didn't spot in the third test? What about the plumb, unsuccessful, leg before appeals against Tendulkar and Raina in the first test and Gambhir in the third test? This wouldn't even have been a problem had India agreed to use the DRS for LBW decisions.

    Now, I would really love to know how many Indian fans really think this decision was the turning point of the series.

  • on August 14, 2011, 4:11 GMT

    They played like Champions.They were already No.1 according to me because a No.1 test team doesn't lose all games by huge margin. Dhoni said that India won 6 sessions in 3 tests. It doesn't matter how many sessions were dominated by India. Even Pakistan won many sessions in Australia and England but they lost because they don't have the resistance to play test cricket. England were far better in the field and truly deserve the No.1 spot..

  • AMLA-DRAVID-TROTT on August 14, 2011, 4:09 GMT

    This was the inevitable. India needed this thrashing to shake them up. Other teams motivate themselves by thinking of the good moments. However, India would get complacent. This team only performs when they are beaten to the pulp. I hope the Indian media shakes them and show what fools they looked like. Yuvraj and Raina were never test quality. They should play T20 and ODI. The BIG 3 need to retire after the series in Aus. Dravid first, after a year SRT and then VVS. We need openers such as Ajinkye Rahane, Shikar Dhawan. The middle order should be Pujara, Kohli(ppl say he cant play the short ball in WI, he was the best in SA), Rohit Sharma. We keep saying these Poms wont win in India. Do you think we can thrash them 4-0 on our pitches. Don't think so.

  • rahulcricket007 on August 14, 2011, 3:38 GMT

    swann could never perform good against india . in 3 tests he only takes 4 wickets at an econmy of more than 5.

  • AjaySridharan on August 14, 2011, 2:51 GMT

    Congratulations to England! Great team, great intensity and they look set for another 2-3 years at least! While I celebrated when India reached the top spot, I knew it was going to be short-lived...there was nothing much in the horizon. As is common in India, we lost the forest for the trees...in the euphoria of instant gratification the team management didn't pay heed to the dearth of talent beyond the big 3. Dhoni looked extremely ordinary

  • on August 14, 2011, 1:44 GMT

    This will last for a while until England decides to have a T20 league of their own running for 6 or 7 weeks. Then the players are no longer fit to bat or bowl for that matter. PS: I'm not saying that was the reason why India lost.

  • mr.cruizy on August 14, 2011, 0:54 GMT

    to be honest Englad deserve to be the number 1 team. India deserved to be number team ONLY if Home series were to be counted. i mean what have India done to be number 1 test? play like 20 test match series against bangla desh home and away 10 times a year? playing zimbabwe like 40 times home and away in a year? playing sri lanka like 100 times home and away in a year? this is not test cricket. for me test cricket is when you go out of your own yard and play some serious cricket FOR FIVE DAYS on the pitch in places like Australlia, SA and England ( this applies to teams from sub continents ) ..and for rest they should play serious cricket in SUBCONTINENTS. this is how test cricket should be. because the pitches in england newzeland and south africa are the real test of character and technique for players from sub continents. same goes for other nations when they come to sub continents. but ENGLAND JUST PLAYED SUPERB CRICKET ALL ACROSS THE GLOBE. and hats of to them. the true NO.1 Team.

  • OliverWebber on August 14, 2011, 0:23 GMT

    @suman Addy- yes, we English fans were terribly embarrassed by the 2006-7 Ashes whitewash! An immediate enquiry was set up into the state of English cricket, and the result was that never again would this team fall victim to the complacency that caused the downfall of the great side that won the ashes in 2005. We learnt our lessons! I hope India will learn lessons from this defeat and come back the better for it. Quite a few posters are reminding us that India are still "world champions"- yes, in one-day cricket. That's fantastic- good for the Indian one-day team. But it is utterly irrelevant to what happens in test matches, as is surely now obvious!

  • Rakim on August 13, 2011, 23:50 GMT

    Congratz Eng. These guys are playing like champs

  • EverybodylovesSachin on August 13, 2011, 23:48 GMT

    Mansoor Aslam Janjua ..You do not need to say I am Pakistani....If you are a cricekt lover you should praise England by their efforts not because other side you do not like and all the time for you is INDIA..

  • EverybodylovesSachin on August 13, 2011, 23:44 GMT

    ONly way for England is to go DOWNHILL..Will Happen.....

  • bhaloniaz on August 13, 2011, 23:33 GMT

    @buntyj I totally agree with you. England might win in india. India missed a big chance to play irfan. Indian fans and media are obsessed with speed. You play your best, not the fastest. India should play irfan as an allrounder. Irfan, Zaheer, Kumar, and two spinners in india. Irfan, Zaheer, Kumar, Ishant and one spinner outside india. Irfan is really good with the new ball.

  • RAVI_BOPARA on August 13, 2011, 23:32 GMT

    ENGLAND ARE NUMBER 1 NOW AND THE HOLE NATION IS PROUD.... NOBODY CAN BEAT US NOW BRING ON WHOEVER !!! WE R READY!!!!

  • on August 13, 2011, 23:00 GMT

    Well played England! Haven't seen my team thrashed like this for over a decade. Good for the soul i guess :) This team isn't as bad as they have played ...its like an end-of-era .... they have run out of gas. But anyways, thanks for the good cricket played for a decade starting with the 2001 Aus win. All those commenting on India being unworthy #1 seem to have forgotten that this team held the mighty Aussies of the decade to a 1-1 draw in their own backyard, defeated Eng in the last series, defeated WI, NZ in their backyard, squared SA 1-1 in SA. One bad series does not erase all the good work done before. For all the hype around this #1 spot, Eng are yet to beat India in India. Some climb Mt. Everest and same make it their own. Time will tell if Eng is the former or the later.

  • ygkd on August 13, 2011, 22:09 GMT

    All that England have done is built a team that works. That might sound like a back-handed compliment, but is not intended as such. Team-building has become the modern mantra of coaches, administration and players. But rather than simply talking it up, England went ahead and did it. Bit old-fashioned but, hey, it achieved the desired result.

  • brittop on August 13, 2011, 22:03 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster: not sure what you base your assertion that England don't have substance. I think all the evidence suggests otherwise. Also I reckon you've been watching this series through green-tinted spectacles. Don't think Lord's or Edgbaston were green tops. Also there wasn't much cloud cover in Australia, and the bowlers did alright there! They are quite capable of using reverse swing which will help in sub-continent. Oh and England ARE THE WORLD CHAMPIONS !! India hold the World Cup of ODI cricket.

  • on August 13, 2011, 21:57 GMT

    Well,, Cricket is the most unforgiving sport... I am pakistani and i like watching VVS, Sehwag, Dravid and ofcourse the little master Sachin; unfortunately, they just missed out.. Personally I think these England bowlers are good but not excellent to prevail in all conditions. So same question mark stands on England as was on India.. Vulnerable in alien conditions.. So potentially i am seeing India coming back to no 1 within next 6 months. ofcourse it can proves otherwise as well.. all possibilities are there and that is why we all love cricket, don't we?

  • aaamsaasza on August 13, 2011, 20:53 GMT

    Many Indian fans are thinking that the tides will change when India will be playing on their home soil and probably regaining # 1 spot. But if we realistically analyze the prospects India during the period they were at # 1 spot never beat any top test playing side the way they are beaten by England. Also, India, in near future will be without Tendulkar, Dravid, Laxman, Harbhajan, and Zaheer. No replacements for these players are/were groomed by BCCI (who by the way were and still are busy in scheduling IPL and other T20 competitions). The current crop of Indian cricket players are all very serious about playing cricket...... however not for India, but for an IPL franchise.

  • Malik_Nauman on August 13, 2011, 19:57 GMT

    @ To all Pak fans feeling pride for India's defeat; plz go and check your team's ranking in the world. I'm a Pakistani but still believe India deserved what it ahcieved. Most of us never imagined that they'll stay on top for this long. I just feel, its time for them to re consider their priorities between MONEY/IPL or GLORY/TEST CRICKET.

  • rambadi on August 13, 2011, 19:55 GMT

    England really deserve to be number one. To be entirely frank, India attained that spot with quite a bit of luck, and in fact, by playing more in the sub continent. I am a citizen of India saying this, although I am more of a neutral fan with a soft spot for the English team. England's bowling attack is the best in the world today, and not even Australia can match England today.

    As far as Test cricket is concerned, England has cemented its place. There is no doubting this. It is an entirely different story for ODIs. I think England has a good T-20 side as well. I hope India uses this as an opportunity to promote Test cricket and improve the skills of its players.

    Dhoni's comments express denial. It does not help to say that India is still one of the best teams or that nothing is seriously wrong with India's batting or bowling. It is time to admit the team's weaknesses, stop patting the players on their backs, and take some serious steps to at least not lose this badly ever again.

  • on August 13, 2011, 19:46 GMT

    So many Indian insulted Bangladesh cricket team. I still believe, Bangladesh at least did better than India :D

  • nlambda on August 13, 2011, 19:45 GMT

    This is well deserved. England were miles ahead of us. Our players were not prepared for this series and that is criminal. Zaheer and Sehwag should try to make sure they are fit for IPL 2012 and guys like Yuvraj really should stick to ODI and 20/20 - they do not seem to 5have the mettle to handle the prolonged intensity of a test. Looking ahead I see a rather bleak future for us as I think Zaheer has played his last test and the big 3 will be retiring by 2012. Where does that leave us!?

  • Truemans_Ghost on August 13, 2011, 19:36 GMT

    Well done england it is well deserved. However remember the series isn't over yet and to stay on top you need to keep winning.

  • Tigg on August 13, 2011, 19:24 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster

    The sign of a truely great side is that they make good teams look poor. This is what England have done. Look at Barcelona in football. They made an incredible Manchester United side look like a village team in the Champions League final.

    They haven't played like world champions.

    I think they will be very competitive in the subcontinent as they have learnt how to bowl when the pitch is flat and the ball not doing much. The seamers have pace and relentless accuracy while the worlds best spinner is nothing to be baulked at.

  • Nick_W_123 on August 13, 2011, 19:23 GMT

    #Suman, we were embrassed after the 0-5 I promise you! No one suggested this was the first time a side has had a drubbing, it's been England on the receiving end many, many times in my lifetime. It's not in any way a dig at Inida I promise you, it's just been very surprising how easily this series has gone England's way.

  • Valavan on August 13, 2011, 19:22 GMT

    @Suman Addy, FYI, India held the No.1 for mere 20 months, not more than 2 years as you think. It was England who removed Aussies from No.1 and SA took over when England held the ashes in 2009. And just England levelled in SA , and India won SL in India at December 2009 to take the top spot.And to say a fair word, England was No.6 in 2009 Feb when they lost to WI under KP captaincy, (Under KP lost to india 1 - 0 and to WI 1 - 0, but India loathes toomuch as if they buried England in test). We came back roaring from No.6 to No.1. Dhoni and his arrogance got a good and fair beating in England.

  • sekhar.kunapareddy on August 13, 2011, 19:19 GMT

    Hard times are common to any team, but I believe the same Indian team can beat any team in any where on any conditions!!! it is just one of those bad series where everything they tried didn't help them, In my opinion the wrong decision of Harbanjan singh out in second test where Broad took hatrick is the turning point of the series. I still love Indian team and I forever remember their wonderful achievements, we will bounce back and take the No.1 spot soon.

  • on August 13, 2011, 19:12 GMT

    Indeed, England will be proud of this achievement.

  • on August 13, 2011, 19:04 GMT

    I just need to inform Ravi Shastri...............England are "bloody" number one. And this English team can surely own some bragging rights. All those complaining about conditions, pitches and alien conditions..please oh please tell me that India attain this spot just by playing in sub-continent?

  • on August 13, 2011, 19:04 GMT

    Congo to England...But it wont be too long as we will beat you to get bck to top when u guyz come here in India...!!!

  • on August 13, 2011, 19:01 GMT

    Well done England.......Really enjoyed the way they beat up this weak side...Hope they continue banging India in the ODIs as well

  • on August 13, 2011, 19:01 GMT

    CONGRATS TO ENGLAND FROM A PAKISTANI!

  • buntyj on August 13, 2011, 19:00 GMT

    ppps- by contrast i believe eng will dominate test cricket for a few years and should win on their next tour to india; tall spinners like swann do well in india due to uneven bounce as do tall pacers even if pitches are spinning; they will continue to bat deep to 10; with 5 quality batsmen india were unwilling to play 5 bowlers so without 5 quality bats its less likely india will n theres no allrounder in sight (neither irfan nor fans nor critics will let him play the role he might effectively of 5th bowler who could bowl 25 overs/day of 120kph cutters on flat wickets at under 3/over, but every1 looks to him to be next akram); eng have sufficient bench strength in batsmen n bowlers; so i would be surprised if they dont win in india and dont dominate for the next 5years especially since neither oz nor rsa have a quality spinner; india will need to play at least 1 season or maybe even 1 1/2 seasons with largely the same aging n declining team due to the limited bench strength;

  • on August 13, 2011, 18:54 GMT

    I've been celebrating since Brezzy took the last wicket, but reality will hit home soon, this Test series isn't over and the real TRUE test will be beating India, South Africa and the Auzzies again (just 'cos it feels good) in their own back yard. We've come a long way, but if we want to be regarded as one of the great teams, then; 1) We need to dominate every other country in the world 2) We need an express paced fast bowler (I'm talking 95+ mph) 3) Forget about Bopara (as much as I like the guy) and nurture Adil Rashid (or some equivalent Leg Spinning all-rounder) 4) NOT play defensive fields to any team that is 300-odd behind a first innings lead

    It's do-able and I hope England stay at the top like the Auzzies and the Windies did in the 70's/80's/90's respectively, we've got depth and that is where I think most countries have fallen by the way side. One goes out one comes in - they've got to have the heart to be the best.

    Well played England, you've made me proud (+ drunk) today

  • ratedstfu44 on August 13, 2011, 18:49 GMT

    BCCI should think of IPL twice in a year

  • TheEnigmaticProdigy on August 13, 2011, 18:49 GMT

    Well done to England on an absolutely superb performance. They have humiliated India throughout the summer and proved why India's "No.1" position was such a farce and a symptom of a general malaise in world cricket. Any team full of mediocre bowlers and inability to compete overseas should never have risen to No.1, even if it was on a technicality. A just result indeed.

  • on August 13, 2011, 18:46 GMT

    Well done England! Being a Pakistani, I'm more happy because England snatched the top position from India..

  • buntyj on August 13, 2011, 18:46 GMT

    pps- india are unlikely to again be in the running for no1 test team for many years; if we have to take a chance on raw youngster i would back a rare in india 140+kph pacer like aaron or even yadav; we can stay in top 6 by home wins provided we have the batsmen but since even windies have in bishoo a better spinner than any1 in horizon in india i feel it would be smarter to win on greentops with horses for courses seamers at home than spinners as with those on the radar screen its not certain this would be as successful as in the past; our batsmen would also be able to better adjust then to movement when playing away though bounce would remain a problem; also not every team has englands attack; we could still win on greentops vs many teams; pujara seems best bet for future- of the others i rate rahane better than most; dhawan may also develop; rohit has only sometimes looked good ; kohli dissapointed as being worse vs chin music than raina in windies; mukund looks resolute sometimes

  • rahulcricindia on August 13, 2011, 18:44 GMT

    i think atherton was more than overwelmed when he directly asked as older players are cause of concern , well the oldest player of team rahul is our highest run getter of our team ...even sachin looked in good touch but sometimes you also need luck and motions with you other than form which is not with sachin in this series hopefully he will get it right in last test.....look like atherton has first time tested a real success!!

  • PatrickJM on August 13, 2011, 18:41 GMT

    Sanjay Majrekar's comments are spot on. Although they maybe don't have the absolute crackerjack cricketers of previous No. 1 teams, they do have some excellent players, and more importantly, a hunger and desire to play well in Test cricket. They rightly see it as the pinnacle of the game, and the game is all the better for them being at its pinnacle. Well done England, and let's hope India take their lead and turn up to make a contest of it in the final test.

  • on August 13, 2011, 18:37 GMT

    I agree with Michael Vaughan's comment, If you take India's example as well, it all started under Saurav Ganguly's captainship, it takes approximately 10 years to build a world no. 1 test team.

  • SDHM on August 13, 2011, 18:35 GMT

    Suman - Atherton had nothing to do with that defeat, he was long retired! All of England were embarrassed and ashamed by that defeat, which is why the same mistakes that England made then and that India have made here will never be made again - there are a hell of a lot of similarities between this tour and that one. I can see where you're coming from Cpt.Measter - how on earth can you say this team doesn't have substance? They're the fittest in world cricket and they have never given up a lost cause. You will never see this team fold like India have here. I reckon this attack will do well in the subcontinent - Anderson, Bresnan and Broad will get that ball reverse swinging and they will do it quicker than Sri Lankan and Indian attacks can. Write them off at your peril.

  • buntyj on August 13, 2011, 18:34 GMT

    however india never dominated nor looked a long term occupant at test no1 since the bowling problem was never resolved n frail indian egos n need to maintain confidence meant that india could never be honest about bowlers limitations and have a mature talk with them and opt for a 'horses for courses' approach that would limit the vulnerability of such a weak attack; and to develop next gen batsmen (since our top 5 bats are mortal n aging) through serious 'a' tours to rsa, oz, eng (early summer) and even arrange to subsidise the most promising thru part paying for them to have gained experience by playing a season of county cricket or even a season of club cricket in oz or rsa; this can still be tried but it looks like we will need some of them in test team sooner than anticipated without the grooming above; unfortunately, the cupboard is nearly bare (and is bare in terms of quality spinners, at least bhajji can sometimes contribute with the bat); ... contd

  • bumsonseats on August 13, 2011, 18:22 GMT

    cricket pundits and followers often laugh at englands 50 overs world cup hiccups and us saying about test match cricket been the most important to us, comments we have made for years an excuse you may say. to win the 20/20 WC was a pleasant change . but been number 1 in test match cricket means more to us than WC, or at least in my mind. the ECB unlike the CCBI have put millions into schools cricker thru the ages. A teams visiting all the cricketing icc leading countries. at test level we have a core of quality players, were if a guy drops out we have a ready made replacement, this has never been seen more when a bowler drops out his replacement not only does well, but in most cases hes starred in that match. the selectors can look back over the last 3 years and be pleased with themselves. now we r top we want. to stay there.dpk

  • on August 13, 2011, 18:22 GMT

    Indian team is uncomplete without Zaheer. India won the WC. because of him. his absence make big diffrence.

  • buntyj on August 13, 2011, 18:21 GMT

    congrats to eng by far the better team; india did well in recent years to play the ranking system to reach no 1 for 21 months without a genuine pacer or quality spinner (bhajji ceased to merit 'quality' tag some years ago despite the odd good spell as in rsa last year) n with only lfm zak as a quality bowler; they did so on the basis of 5 quality (but aging) bats including 1 of the 10 greatest alltime bats (but no bradman), seamers who could deliver if there is some juice in the pitch (or uneven bounce in case of ishant), a trend towards slow flat pitches (even in this series while there was some movement on days 1,4 test 1, day 1 n part day 2 test 2 n 1st day before lunch day 3 none of the pitches has had any real pace and have otherwise been flat), absence of genuine quality hostile pace attacks after oz 99-00 (not so difficult to see off 1 quality pacer n focus on lesser bowlers) n ability to play spin which largely negated warne n murali; this was an achievement yes; .. contd

  • ahweak on August 13, 2011, 18:19 GMT

    England earned their #1 ranking. India has played very poor cricket in this series, but one has to remember that England were atrocious for many years. It is definitely possible for India to go back to basics and build a stronger test team, but the biggest obstacle is the board.

  • on August 13, 2011, 18:14 GMT

    Congratulations to team england for achieving the test cricket crown and for their 3 comprehensive straight victories against team india.I am sure india will save the pride of their nation by winning at the oval.They have to see this series as a wakeup call n feel that it gave a chance to strengthen their bowling department.I am sure india will reclaim the top spot within 6 months n will prove themselves how good they are. I Wish a bright future in international cricket for INDIA and also for ENGLAND in the days to come.LONG LIVE TEST CRICKET.

  • demon_bowler on August 13, 2011, 18:10 GMT

    India will go down to no.3 spot if England win at the Oval.

  • on August 13, 2011, 18:07 GMT

    great work really deserving team england.. now india should think whether to retain such old guns like tendulkar, dravid laxman..if yes surely india cant win test matches in future too because these old men have less to serve....well feel happy now hard work has been paid

  • Shan156 on August 13, 2011, 18:05 GMT

    Yes, we know very well that India are the world champions. But, that is in ODIs and we all know that India is the strongest team in ODIs even though the ICC have ranked them #3. But, they came into this series as world #1 in tests and undefeated in a test series for nearly 3 years. Remember, India were world champions in 1983 when WI thrashed them 3-0 in tests and 5-0 in ODIs. And, that was in India. Yes, yes, the Indian team now is not the same as the Indian team then and England are most definitely not the West Indies team then. But, just carrying the tag of world champions doesn't entitle you to series victories. Hopefully, they will play like one in the ODI series that follows the Oval test and T20s.

    Absence of key players like Zaheer, Harbhajan and Yuvraj (in that order) will hurt India more in the ODIs than in the tests. Somehow I feel that England will give them tough competition in the ODIs. Remember, we just beat SL 3-2 and they aren't bad at all.

  • Daniel_Smith on August 13, 2011, 17:58 GMT

    As a middle-aged English fan I've waited a long time for England to be this good at cricket. There's been a hell of a lot of thrashings dished out to England over the years, so trust me, I know how hard this is for the Indian fans. Your team can play much better than this. They could do with a break and a chance to re-charge their batteries. England have been fortunate to catch them under-prepared and a bit jaded.

    Unlike the false dawn of 2005, this squad of players have the ability to stay at or near the top for a few years. We've got six or seven really good bowlers, our fielding is top notch, and even our batting looks good. As many others have commented the proof will be when we go to Sri Lanka and India and win. We managed it in Australia, now we have to try it in the sub-continent. What I will say is don't under-estimate this team. They are greater than the sum of their parts, and that's considerable.

  • Cricket_Junky on August 13, 2011, 17:53 GMT

    Most boring and one sided test serious in the Cricket History Its like Test Players vs Street Kids

  • on August 13, 2011, 17:50 GMT

    Mike Atherton asking MSD "are you embarrassed?" at post match presentation. Well Mr.Mike how much embarrassment did you derive after your 0-5 loss to Australia in 2006-07 Ashes, including an inning defeat?? New to cricketing success?? Welcome so much… The fact is that the same Indian team had maintained the no.1 status for more than 2years, won WC and attained many extraordinary heights. if we enjoyed those happy moments then we must also sympathize with them during debacles, after all we have the same blood. even if ipl is to blame for their fatigue, then it is also we people for whom they play, for whom they entertain, money can never be the only motivation. keep patience, the team will surely rise from the ashes........ :-)

  • AJ_Tiger86 on August 13, 2011, 17:36 GMT

    Lol! The BCCI's comment was by far the most hilarious!

  • on August 13, 2011, 17:20 GMT

    Congratulations to England! They are the best test team in the world undoubtedly. They play real test cricket than all other teams in the world. IPL has not only destroyed Indian cricket but world cricket.

  • Cpt.Meanster on August 13, 2011, 17:06 GMT

    Well done England. BUT do not celebrate too much. Things will get tougher for this team from now on. Let the players enjoy the honeymoon until it lasts. The tough times are ahead. I still DO NOT believe this English team are world beaters. They don't have the substance to fight it out in the subcontinent. Perhaps they will continue to perform well in Australia, South Africa etc. I just cannot see them beating an Asian powerhouse away. The bowling relies too much on swing and cold-cloudy conditions. To be brutally honest, India were an embarrassment more so then England playing well. India simply looked poor, uninterested and ignorant. Now the monkey is off India's backs. I hope they play position, aggressive cricket for the rest of the tour. I hope the English fans still remember that India ARE THE WORLD CHAMPIONS !!

  • rahulcricindia on August 13, 2011, 17:03 GMT

    i am still proud of my indian team .....they have given us lot of proud moments in the past three years...one really bad series can not change that....many congratulation to england to reach to no.1 spot as they thoroughly deserve it the way they played....but the toughest bit is ahead of them i.e. to maintain it ....especially when they play in alien conditions....not helping their swing bowlers....no doubt that they are best in the world in swinging conditions...but do they have the patience to bowl relentlessly in non-helping conditions...india did able to defend their no.1 spot for sometime...but at sometime bubble has to burst and it did ...but in future surly we are gonna challenge england for that ultimate spot....

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  • rahulcricindia on August 13, 2011, 17:03 GMT

    i am still proud of my indian team .....they have given us lot of proud moments in the past three years...one really bad series can not change that....many congratulation to england to reach to no.1 spot as they thoroughly deserve it the way they played....but the toughest bit is ahead of them i.e. to maintain it ....especially when they play in alien conditions....not helping their swing bowlers....no doubt that they are best in the world in swinging conditions...but do they have the patience to bowl relentlessly in non-helping conditions...india did able to defend their no.1 spot for sometime...but at sometime bubble has to burst and it did ...but in future surly we are gonna challenge england for that ultimate spot....

  • Cpt.Meanster on August 13, 2011, 17:06 GMT

    Well done England. BUT do not celebrate too much. Things will get tougher for this team from now on. Let the players enjoy the honeymoon until it lasts. The tough times are ahead. I still DO NOT believe this English team are world beaters. They don't have the substance to fight it out in the subcontinent. Perhaps they will continue to perform well in Australia, South Africa etc. I just cannot see them beating an Asian powerhouse away. The bowling relies too much on swing and cold-cloudy conditions. To be brutally honest, India were an embarrassment more so then England playing well. India simply looked poor, uninterested and ignorant. Now the monkey is off India's backs. I hope they play position, aggressive cricket for the rest of the tour. I hope the English fans still remember that India ARE THE WORLD CHAMPIONS !!

  • on August 13, 2011, 17:20 GMT

    Congratulations to England! They are the best test team in the world undoubtedly. They play real test cricket than all other teams in the world. IPL has not only destroyed Indian cricket but world cricket.

  • AJ_Tiger86 on August 13, 2011, 17:36 GMT

    Lol! The BCCI's comment was by far the most hilarious!

  • on August 13, 2011, 17:50 GMT

    Mike Atherton asking MSD "are you embarrassed?" at post match presentation. Well Mr.Mike how much embarrassment did you derive after your 0-5 loss to Australia in 2006-07 Ashes, including an inning defeat?? New to cricketing success?? Welcome so much… The fact is that the same Indian team had maintained the no.1 status for more than 2years, won WC and attained many extraordinary heights. if we enjoyed those happy moments then we must also sympathize with them during debacles, after all we have the same blood. even if ipl is to blame for their fatigue, then it is also we people for whom they play, for whom they entertain, money can never be the only motivation. keep patience, the team will surely rise from the ashes........ :-)

  • Cricket_Junky on August 13, 2011, 17:53 GMT

    Most boring and one sided test serious in the Cricket History Its like Test Players vs Street Kids

  • Daniel_Smith on August 13, 2011, 17:58 GMT

    As a middle-aged English fan I've waited a long time for England to be this good at cricket. There's been a hell of a lot of thrashings dished out to England over the years, so trust me, I know how hard this is for the Indian fans. Your team can play much better than this. They could do with a break and a chance to re-charge their batteries. England have been fortunate to catch them under-prepared and a bit jaded.

    Unlike the false dawn of 2005, this squad of players have the ability to stay at or near the top for a few years. We've got six or seven really good bowlers, our fielding is top notch, and even our batting looks good. As many others have commented the proof will be when we go to Sri Lanka and India and win. We managed it in Australia, now we have to try it in the sub-continent. What I will say is don't under-estimate this team. They are greater than the sum of their parts, and that's considerable.

  • Shan156 on August 13, 2011, 18:05 GMT

    Yes, we know very well that India are the world champions. But, that is in ODIs and we all know that India is the strongest team in ODIs even though the ICC have ranked them #3. But, they came into this series as world #1 in tests and undefeated in a test series for nearly 3 years. Remember, India were world champions in 1983 when WI thrashed them 3-0 in tests and 5-0 in ODIs. And, that was in India. Yes, yes, the Indian team now is not the same as the Indian team then and England are most definitely not the West Indies team then. But, just carrying the tag of world champions doesn't entitle you to series victories. Hopefully, they will play like one in the ODI series that follows the Oval test and T20s.

    Absence of key players like Zaheer, Harbhajan and Yuvraj (in that order) will hurt India more in the ODIs than in the tests. Somehow I feel that England will give them tough competition in the ODIs. Remember, we just beat SL 3-2 and they aren't bad at all.

  • on August 13, 2011, 18:07 GMT

    great work really deserving team england.. now india should think whether to retain such old guns like tendulkar, dravid laxman..if yes surely india cant win test matches in future too because these old men have less to serve....well feel happy now hard work has been paid

  • demon_bowler on August 13, 2011, 18:10 GMT

    India will go down to no.3 spot if England win at the Oval.