21 Jul 2011

Strauss says England can topple India

1:08 pm on 21 July 2011

England cricket captain Andrew Strauss believes his team has been the best in the world for the past two years and can topple India from the top of the Test rankings.

The English are third but will leapfrog the Indians at the top of the rankings if they win the upcoming four-match series between the countries, which starts at Lord's in London tonight.

Strauss says England has won seven out of eight series, including an Ashes triumph in Australia and drawn in South Africa, but he says India's a new challenge and the ultimate goal is not just to be number one but also the side everyone agrees is the world's best.

The Test is the 2000th ever played, and the 100th between England and India.