England 'hungry' for victory

2011-08-02 12:03

London - Shane Warne has likened England to the successful Australia side of which he was a key member after seeing Andrew Strauss's men thrash India in the second Test.

England crushed their opponents by 319 runs with more than a day to spare at Trent Bridge on Monday to take a 2-0 lead in the four-match series following a 196-run first Test triumph at Lord's.

If England at the very least maintain that advantage over the next two Tests they will replace India as leaders of the ICC's Test Championship table and leg-spin great Warne is an admirer of the 'Poms' recent performances.

"England are improving and have a hunger for victory," Warne, 41, wrote in Tuesday's edition of The Daily Telegraph.

"They have a good team spirit and, as Andrew Strauss says, they can still improve. Don't forget they were 124 for eight on day one of this game.

"But most impressive about England was how aggressively they approached the situation," he added.

"When Australia were on top and dominating world cricket, the things we wanted to do were score fast, take the game away from the opposition and intimidate the tail.

"England are doing all those and showing qualities that will make them number one if they continue to play like this.

"At times the pitch looked flat when India were bowling but, by showing intensity, aggression and a lot of hunger to be the best in the world, England demonstrated what could be achieved."

Meanwhile former England captain Nasser Hussain was in no doubt about the quality of the current side, proclaiming in the Daily Mail: "They are the best England team I have ever seen."

Hussain cited Tim Bresnan, only called up at Trent Bridge after fast bowler Chris Tremlett was injured, as proof of England's progress.

Bresnan scored 90 batting at number eight in the hosts' second innings on Monday and then the Yorkshire seamer took a Test-best five for 48 as India collapsed to 158 all out.

"Tim Bresnan is the perfect example of how outstanding England have become," Hussain said.

"When he was first picked he was thought of as a good, honest trier and a bits-and-pieces player. Now look at him... He is bowling quickly and with nous, and he looked like a proper batsman yesterday (Monday) too.

"These are good times for England. And they will last for a while yet."


  • jk - 2011-08-02 12:05


  • 2nd coming - 2011-08-02 12:15

    Shane Warne knows all about hunger

  • sean - 2011-08-02 12:20

    Nice to see a few Poms scoring some runs , not just the Saffers in their side !!

  • JustinD - 2011-08-02 12:36

    They have to beat us first......cant see that happening!!

      Gorilla - 2011-08-02 13:18

      To get to the top slot JustinD? - Don't think so mate, they just have to draw the next two tests at the minimum. On their form, they should take them both. Good test side, they will be hard to beat.

      gamal - 2011-08-02 13:59

      they will certainly beat sa in next years tour and extend their no. 1 rakings lead.

      HanHan - 2011-08-02 14:00

      Okay, they will be no 1, but as the commentators said, "They still need to prove themselves on the sub-continent. We can challenge them, for sure, esp with Tahir part of the make up, but our third seamer is still an edgy slot. If Lopsy can bowl well against Oz - and really make that slot his own- and our opening batsmen have been sorted out, we can klap them.

      gamal - 2011-08-02 14:31

      hanhan that is the funniest thing I have read in my life, still rolling on the floor!!

  • Not Black - 2011-08-02 12:47

    I am so Impressed with the way England systematically & tactfully dismantled India. Dhoni has always been cleverly utilizing his "spent force players" to hide their inefficiencies. But that has now been so exposed, and Dhoni himself was way below par. Take note that it was actually ALL the 4 SA players that did contribute massively to the team. Go on You England.... With your 4 South African blooded players. .... Get that No 1 Spot. I am sure SA will take a while to get it back to SA.

      Walter - 2011-08-02 13:59

      The truth of the matter is that the Indians are under prepared for this difficult series. They're also showing lack of spirit and it's pretty obvious they're missing Gary Kirsten and carrying players who are unfit. Remember, after winning the ashes in the UK convincingly, India's new coach took over a very under prepared England team to Australia and got a 5 - 0 thrashing! I don't think he's the right guy for India!

      gamal - 2011-08-02 14:01

      Hold on there mr. black you have to take 20 wickets to win a test match, how many of your so called sa players took any of those wickets?

      ulstersaffa - 2011-08-02 14:59

      you cant count strauss or prior as saffas! strauss moved there when he was like 1 years old and same as prior but prior's parents are english.

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