England cricket team crowned number one after India whitewash

For the second time in the series, England beat India by an innings, with the tourists having no answer to Graeme Swann on Day 5 of the final Test Match between the two sides. It appeared that Sachin Tendulkar and Amit Mishra’s fourth-wicket stand of 144 was going to help India preserve a shred of dignity at The Oval, with…

For the second time in the series, England beat India by an innings, with the tourists having no answer to Graeme Swann on Day 5 of the final Test Match between the two sides.

It appeared that Sachin Tendulkar and Amit Mishra’s fourth-wicket stand of 144 was going to help India preserve a shred of dignity at The Oval, with the Little Master accumulating runs throughout the day to approach a 100th century.

However, Mishra was sent packing by Swann and that precipitated the India batting order folding like a pack of cards, with Tendulkar being caught LBW by Tim Bresnan after reaching 91 runs.

England win the series by a 4-0 scoreline and this whitewash means that Andrew Strauss’ team are number one in the world, with India dropping to three in the rankings and South Africa second in the pecking order.

Ian Bell won Man of the Match for a fabulous 1st innings of 235 which helped England reach 591 runs for six wickets before declaring.

However, it was Swann that did the damage with three wickets during the India 1st innings followed by six in the 2nd innings, including Sehwag and the dangerous Rahul Dravid, the only batsman who scored serious runs for India throughout the series.

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