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Series about measuring ourselves against best side in the world: Strauss


August 14, 2011 - Birmingham

After defeating India in the third Testat the Edgbaston cricket ground here by an innings and 242 runs to take an unassailable three nil series lead, England captain Andrew Strausssaid on Saturday that the series for his side was about measuring itself against the top ranked team in the world.

"This series is very much about, I suppose, measuring ourselves against the best side in the world, and having the opportunity to hopefully overtake them and become number one ourselves. And, that is what we have achieved in the last three games.

We were very proud of the way we performed in the three games, I think we have been very close to our best and so sitting here we feel very satisfied of what we have achieved and go to number one as well," said Strauss.

He further said: "I think in the first two games, we had to work very hard for our victories. We were behind in certain points in those games; confidence becomes a factor in the second half of the series I think and we become more and more confident as the series have gone on. We have used that confidence in our favour and we have played some pretty outstanding cricket in this match in particular."

Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said: "I think our batting department did not click the way it should have been, we are not able to play plus runs on the board. I think what is important for both the departments to click at the same time, the bowling and batting department. I think it was standard example where you are out played by other international sides, so I think that is the main reason why we did not see much runs scored in the test series."

Dhoni further said: "In what we need to say is by losing one series we should not become very critical about the fact what you need to realize is for youngsters to come in and score runs and displace someone at the top level. This is the best team that we had, if you take outside the injury aspect- so I believe that this was the best selected team. When it comes to test cricket it is not the age that really matters, it is performance, of course you have a debate on it. We need to accept that sometimes we can be outplayed."

England racked up a massive 710 for seven declared in reply to India's first innings of 224. In the second innings, India scored 244 all out.

Skipper Dhoni scored an unbeaten 74 in the second knock, adding to the 77 in the first innings.

The final test at the Oval starts on Thursday (August 18). By Praful Kumar Singh

ANI

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