Saturday night was a great time to be an England player but head coach Andy Flower will have made sure there focus is back on Thursday’s final Test with India today.
The number one team in Test cricket sealed their status with an innings and 242 run victory on the fourth day of the third Test at Edgbaston, and having dominated India in all three Tests, the 11/10 for England to win the fourth Test looks very generous.
The celebrations would have been long and lavish but Flower will be eager to get his side back together today as they prepare for the final Test match of the series at the Kia Oval.
England have dominated Test cricket for the past year and a half and have rightly earned the status as the world’s number one team, but if they are to go down as one of the greatest ever, they have to start by whitewashing India in the fourth Test.
Without wanting to make excuses for India, they have never taken to the field at any point in this series with a full strength side and England have to be ruthless at the Oval in order to gain plaudits from their peers.
The winter Test series’ against Pakistan and Sri Lanka will prove a much tougher test for this England side but before that they have to round off this Test series with a whitewash.
England have named an unchanged squad to face India which will offer Ravi Bopara one last – surely his last – chance at redemption with Jonathan Trott still struggling with a shoulder injury while Tim Bresnan is likely to keep Chris Tremlett out of the side.
At 11/10 to win you have to fancy England and following his double century, Alastair Cook looks a solid bet at 10/1 to be the man of the match.