Former great hails ‘Incredible England’

August 4, 2011 at 3:38 pm Leave a comment


England are currently riding the crest of a wave in Test cricket and former great Andrew Flintoff reckons they have proved already they are the best team in the world.

The retired star, who played in the Ashes-winning sides of 2005 and 2009, has hailed the squad assembled by Andy Flower and Andrew Strauss as one with “no weak links” and a “swagger” that comes with knowing they can beat anyone.

England currently lead India 2-0 in a best-of-four Test match series knowing a victory by two clear matches will see the hosts leapfrog them to be officially ranked as the best Test side in the world – for the first time in their history. The cricket odds suggest this will happen.

In the two matches so far England have dominated their opponents with the bat and ball and a number of players have stepped up to the mark and made a huge impression on the Indian side.

Flintoff reckons the strength in depth of the current England Test side is “incredible” and it is a better team that the 2005 Ashes-winning side that captured the nation’s hearts.

“England are the best team in the world already. Not just in ranking, but also in strength. They have got everything. I don’t see why they can’t dominate for a long time,” he said.

India have received a blow ahead of the rest of the Test with the news that Harbhajan Singh and Yuvraj Singh are both ruled out through injury for the series. Those placing cricket bets will wonder what impact this will have on them.

It adds to injury concerns already hanging over Zaheer Khan, Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir as India look to mount a comeback in the Test series, with the next match taking place at Edgbaston.

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