RESULT
3rd Test, Birmingham, August 10 - 13, 2011, India tour of England
224 & 244
710/7d

England won by an innings and 242 runs

Player Of The Match
294
alastair-cook
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IND 2nd Innings
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Michael Atherton leads the presentation and starts by congratulating England on their win and, to the cheers of the crowd, their No. 1 ranking.

MS Dhoni , classy as ever, starts by congratulating England on becoming the world's best team. "We need to see what limitations we have. A few of our players are not great fielders and we're not the best looking fielding side in the world. What we're really proud of is our bowling and batting. We have not been able to keep good deliveries out, it's a major area of concern. We need to see out the good ones and make use of the loose deliveries. A couple of defeats doesn't change anything I am still proud of my team. When you play for India there is a lot of expectation and people expect us to win everything but that's not possible. Being No. 1 or not being No. 1 is not important, it's all about being consistent. I've been quite happy with the preparation but it's one of those series where nothing has really clicked for us."

Andrew Strauss: "It wasn't a massive gamble to bowl first, there was probably less in the wicket than we thought there would be and by the time we batted the wicket had gone flat. The wickets have been shared around the bowlers and the pressure they have applied has been relentless, I don't think there are many better in the world right now. It was fantastic to get runs myself and then sit on the sofa and watch Cookie bat for two days. He has amazing concentration and determination, he's in this patch at the moment where he's very clear what his game was and he's an example for us all. Getting to No. 1 has been a goal for a long time and it fills me with a lot of pride to know we have completed something very special. We have had to work very had and the guys have put a lot of hard graft to get to No. 1. "

Alastair Cook is named man of the match And fair enough really, he's been on the field for the entirety of it. "The work put in over the week off has paid dividends for me. Over the last 12 months scoring big hundreds was what I needed to work at and I'm glad that's happened. You want the attacking middle order players to go at the tiring bowlers later in the day. I'm very pleased but it's a huge team effort to bowl a team like that out for less than 250 on a flat wicket in both innings."

To relive this historic day do have a look at Andrew McGlashan's report and our gallery. It's been a long journey for England, ranked the world's worst team at the end of 1999 to climb to the top. Staying there will be almost as difficult. That begins at The Oval next week but for now that's all from me, Sahil Dutta, and from the rest of the team.

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England win by an innings and 242 runs and lead series 3-0 Edgbaston rises as the England players walk off. In the dressing room Andy Flower looks absolutely calm but as the players greet him he manages a smile. This has been a special performance from a very special team. Yet again they have flattened the celebrated India batting line up for under 300. James Anderson led the way with four wickets but was, as ever, backed up by the Stuart Broad and Tim Bresnan. MS Dhoni managed to salvage some personal pride with an unbeaten 74 but his team were a long, long way out of the contest. It's the 15th worst innings defeat in Test history and also Dhoni's first series loss as captain.

55.3
W
Bresnan to Sreesanth, OUT

that's it! Bresnan finishes it. 3-0 England, and for the first time since 1980 England are the world's No. 1 team! Length ball kicked up onto the shoulder of the bat, it flew to Pietersen at gully to spark wild celebrations. England get into that huddle we've seen at the end of their last three brilliant wins and they have absolutely nailed India here

Sreesanth c Pietersen b Bresnan 5 (13b 1x4 0x6 24m) SR: 38.46
55.2
Bresnan to Sreesanth, no run

another short one, Sreesanth avoid this actually very well

55.1
Bresnan to Sreesanth, no run

Bresnan has Sreesanth in his sights because of Pietersen's good work. Starts with a bouncer that Sree jumps under. If you can jump under something

end of over 555 runs
IND: 244/9CRR: 4.43 
MS Dhoni74 (79b 13x4)
Sreesanth5 (10b 1x4)
Stuart Broad 12-4-28-2
Tim Bresnan 10-3-19-0
54.6
4
Broad to Dhoni, FOUR runs

hehe, this is amusing. Dhoni dug this out towards cover where Pietersen ran past the ball, deliberately not saving it. Broad was thoroughly disgusted but Pietersen knew what he was doing. Strauss has to hide a smile as Broad was seething

54.5
Broad to Dhoni, no run

flash and a miss outside off

54.4
Broad to Dhoni, no run

very careful defence to long-on but again no single is taken

54.3
Broad to Dhoni, no run

Dhoni watches a full, wide delivery pass harmlessly outside his off stump

54.2
1
Broad to Sreesanth, 1 run

nip-backer finds Sreesanth's glove again and it bobbles behind square to get him off strike. He's in a lot of pain again though

54.1
Broad to Sreesanth, no run

back of a length from the bowler and Sreesanth stands up to place a bat in front of it

end of over 544 runs
IND: 239/9CRR: 4.42 
MS Dhoni70 (75b 12x4)
Sreesanth4 (8b 1x4)
Tim Bresnan 10-3-19-0
Stuart Broad 11-4-23-2
53.6
Bresnan to Dhoni, no run

Dhoni looks for a single but can only bunt back to the bowler. Broad will have six at Sreesanth

53.5
4
Bresnan to Dhoni, FOUR runs

brilliant shot this actually! If only Dhoni played like this at Trent Bridge. Flipped a length ball around the corner fine for four

53.4
Bresnan to Dhoni, no run

and again, punched to deep cover. Weird end to the match this but it makes sense from Dhoni's perspective

53.3
Bresnan to Dhoni, no run

Bresnan finds a good length again and Dhoni punches to deep cover. Doesn't bother with a single though

53.2
Bresnan to Dhoni, no run

carefully played back up the wicket

53.1
Bresnan to Dhoni, no run

excellent start from Bresnan as always, on a length, bit of extra bounce, slaps the gloves

Anderson gets a breather after being hammered since lunch. Big Bres will take over.

end of over 534 runs
IND: 235/9CRR: 4.43 
Sreesanth4 (8b 1x4)
MS Dhoni66 (69b 11x4)
Stuart Broad 11-4-23-2
James Anderson 18-3-85-4
52.6
Broad to Sreesanth, no run

worked down to fine leg for what could have been a single if it was the first, not the last, ball of the over

52.5
Broad to Sreesanth, no run

full length again and defended very calmly behind point. Sreesanth wanted a run, but Dhoni turned him back, obviously

52.4
4
Broad to Sreesanth, FOUR runs

haha, good beans from Sreesanth. After taking a pounding he punches the the full ball through cover for four

52.3
Broad to Sreesanth, no run

bouncer again and Sreesanth looked in a dreadful position as he half fended, hooked and left. Luckily for him it hit the bat

52.2
Broad to Sreesanth, no run

shoved down the leg side this time

52.1
Broad to Sreesanth, no run

oh dear, Sreesanth has ducked a length ball and it smashed into his stomach. Ouch. It really didn't get up at all. Might have been close to an lbw actually

 
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