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England target Test top spot Published: 10 January 2011

England’s brilliant Ashes winners have set their sights on India’s coveted position of number one in the ICC Test rankings.

Team Director Andy Flower and skipper Andrew Strauss underlined the determination within the camp to use their first Ashes victory Down Under in 24 years as a platform for greater things.

England thumped Australia 3-1 Down Under with each of their victories by an innings margin.

The win means Strauss’ men remain third in the world and have closed the gap on second place South Africa - who tour England in 2012 - to just two ranking points.

Lord’s hosts the best

Their next Test series is at home against fourth placed Sri Lanka - the second Test of which takes place at the Home of Cricket from Friday 3 June (opens in a new window).

England then face up to Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s imposing India outfit in a four match series which gets underway at Lord’s on Thursday 21 July (opens in a new window).

Current ICC Test rankings

Team           Points       Rating

India          5,357        128
    
South Africa   4,228        117

England        5,165        115
    
Sri Lanka      2,951        109

Australia      4,583        107
    

Tickets for both Test matches and the One Day International between England and Sri Lanka on Sunday 3 July are now available on general sale.

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England target Test top spot

Date released: 10 January 2011

England celebrate winning the Ashes in the Sydney Cricket Ground
England's players celebrate their emphatic Ashes win Down Under this winter England’s brilliant Ashes winners have set their sights on India’s coveted position of number one in the ICC Test rankings.

Team Director Andy Flower and skipper Andrew Strauss underlined the determination within the camp to use their first Ashes victory Down Under in 24 years as a platform for greater things.

England thumped Australia 3-1 Down Under with each of their victories by an innings margin.

The win means Strauss’ men remain third in the world and have closed the gap on second place South Africa - who tour England in 2012 - to just two ranking points.
Lord’s hosts the best

Their next Test series is at home against fourth placed Sri Lanka - the second Test of which takes place at the Home of Cricket from Friday 3 June.

England then face up to Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s imposing India outfit in a four match series which gets underway at Lord’s on Thursday 21 July

Tickets for both Test matches and the One Day International between England and Sri Lanka on Sunday 3 July are now available on general sale.

Realistic goal

England famously failed to move forward after their thrilling Ashes victory in 2005 and were hammered 5-0 by the Aussies Down Under four years ago.

However, Flower, whose much lauded partnership with Strauss has inspired England to back-to-back Ashes wins, spoke confidently about the future of the current side.

"Our ultimate goal is to be number one." said the former Zimbabwe captain.

"It's realistic. It's achievable.

"Of course that 2009 victory was special but we are a better team now than we were then.

"Winning in Australian conditions has been a much better achievement and we won in a far more emphatic way. Everyone should be very proud."

Best to come

Flower’s sentiment was echoed by Strauss who has now played in the past four Ashes series, tasting both victory and defeat.

The 33-year-old opening batsman believes his current outfit has the time and talent to usurp India as the best side in world cricket.

"It is a very good achievement to come out here and win." he said of the Ashes victory.

"But the majority of the team are going to be hitting their peak time in the next couple of years.

"We've always got to be thinking about how we can improve and get better and hopefully one or two guys will be sticking their hands up and saying 'I can add something to this team as well'.

"People will now have high expectations of us, and we're going to have to work very hard to live up to them.

"But we're as confident as I've ever seen in an England team."


    


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