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Strauss: England "outstanding Published: 25 July 2011

England captain Andrew Strauss says his side are ready to grab the opportunity to become the world's best Test side, after they beat India at Lord's.

"To be the number one side in the world you've got to grab opportunities and I think we did that very well in this game." Strauss said after his side sealed a 196-run win.

Strauss was especially pleased with his bowlers who removed India's highly rated batting line-up twice to win the match:

"It's been an outstanding bowling performance by the entire attack over the five days. You have to work very hard for your wickets here and we showed the value in persistent line and length. We did that brilliantly.

"Over the two innings, that was as close to the perfect bowling performance as we've had in the past two years - and that's saying at lot."

'Great innings'

The England skipper also had a word of praise for his batsmen, especially man-of-the-match Kevin Pietersen, whose first innings double century put England in the ascendancy:

"That first innings total was a magnificent performance. Kevin was mainly responsible for that. That was one of the great innings I've seen since I've been involved with the side.

"It was very difficult circumstances, he had to be smart in the way he played, he had to graft and then, when he had the opportunity to attack he attacked.

"It was a magnificent performance from him and from Jonathan Trott as well - he showed magnificent temperament to get to 70.

People's Monday

Lord's was full to brimming on 'People's Monday' with fans queuing up from 3am. MCC set ticket prices at just £20 for adults with free entry for under-16s (on the first day of the school holidays).

Pietersen and Strauss were in agreement the scintillating atmosphere, with many India fans also in the Ground, inspired them:

"When we drove in the boys were commenting on how many people were queueing up. It's great that the public thinks it's such an important series. On a Monday to get a full house at Lord's... it's amazing." Pietersen said.

"It was a great atmosphere." Strauss agreed. "You expect India to have a lot of support over here but there was great support for us too. It all adds to the mix. We all appreciate playing Test matches in front of full houses.

"It makes you feel as if you're doing something important. It makes you feel appreciated, that every wicket you take, every run you score is appreciated by someone. The more crowds we have over the summer the better - not just for us but for the future of Test cricket as well."

'Match for anyone'

Despite showering his side with compliments Strauss insists his side are taking nothing for granted as they press for the two Test win that would secure their place as the would's best side:

"There are no obvious weaknesses in our team. There's a good mix of youthful experience - guys that are young but pretty experienced too.

"It's the first game in a four match series so we can't get carried away. We just demonstrated that when we play well we're a match for anyone. We have to play well again next time."


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