Reaching No 1 not end of the journey: Swann

Last Updated: Thu, Aug 04, 2011 18:47 hrs

London, Aug 4 (IBNS) England's leading spinner Graeme Swann feels that his team is close to becoming the No 1 ranked Test team in the world - but that will not be enough for this group of players.

"We want to create a dynasty, a long-term era of success and to be remembered as one of the best England teams ever. Reaching No 1 in the world is not the end of the journey. It will be only the beginning. We are not there yet, of course, and our prime objective at the moment is making sure we are fully focused for the Third Test at Edgbaston next Wednesday," Swann wrote in his column in The Sun.

"Andrew Strauss and Andy Flower will stop any of us taking our eyes off the ball. We must make sure we win the series from being 2-0 up and things such as rankings take care of themselves. Yet we make no bones about wanting to be the top team and the exciting thing is the guys who are performing right now will be around for many years," he said.

Swann added that the likes of Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad and Ian Bell - who all played brilliantly in our win at Trent Bridge - are well under the age of 30. It gives England the chance to be a top side for a long time to come.

"I know Flower´s view is that we don´t want to have a brief glimpse of what it´s like to be top dogs. We want to lay the foundation for a prolonged period at the summit. People talk all the time about the Australian team of the 1990s and the West Indies team of the 80s. I want people in future to talk about the England team of the teenies - or whatever this decade is called! It´s hard for me to say how good we are," he said.

"But I do know we have huge self-belief and an incredible team spirit. That is key - there might have been England teams with better individuals but not many play better as a team.

"Even when we´re in trouble, one or two players usually bail us out. In the Second Test, we were struggling desperately at 124-8 and again when India were 46 runs ahead with only four wickets down. Broady was brilliant with bat and ball and then Belly´s sublime 159 allowed us to build a big lead - and very quickly," he said.

Swann said that England´s Ashes-winning team of 2005 was a hell of a side and you never know how great they might have become.

"But the likes of Andrew Flintoff, Marcus Trescothick, Simon Jones, Michael Vaughan and Ashley Giles did not play much afterwards. Strauss and Bell were around then, but are much better players these days. There´s a case for saying Kevin Pietersen is better, too, because his double century against India in the First Test at Lord´s was a fantastic innings," he said.

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