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

"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


  • dummy4fb 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.

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