Broad hails Strauss and Flower
Stuart Broad says coach Andy Flower and skipper Andrew Strauss have been the key men behind England's rise to top spot.
Last Updated: 15/08/11 9:41am
Stuart Broad says coach Andy Flower and skipper Andrew Strauss have been the key men behind England's rise to top spot on the world Test rankings.
They were floundering down in sixth spot after losing in the West Indies in 2009 following the acrimony surrounding the departures of coach Peter Moores and Kevin Pietersen.
But since then the turnaround has been stunning, with two epic Ashes series victories followed by the destruction of much-touted India.
"It is pretty special to get there from sixth place so quickly, just as it was special to be on the field on Saturday when Sreesanth poked a catch off Tim Bresnan to Kevin Pietersen in the gully," Broad told the Daily Mail.
"Edgbaston is always a great place to play but it was amazing at that moment. All I could hear from the crowd before that last wicket was: 'Stand up if you're No 1'. Brilliant.
"A huge amount of credit for this has to go to Flower and Andrew Strauss. It is the players who step on the field and have to be judged but the amount of preparation and hard work that has gone into this achievement is phenomenal.
"An England player has to front up to the press at the end of each day's play and we were saying as we sat in the dressing room on Saturday night that each member of our backroom staff should take their turn to do that instead of us at The Oval this week.
"That way perhaps people would find out how much they all do, but sadly they did not seem too keen. It is the little things that make the difference. The moments that change Test matches and series. The shows of strength that have said to our opponents, 'This England team are a powerful and ruthless bunch and we're hunting you down'."
Broad admitted he feared for his place in the side ahead of the first Test at Lord's. The 25-year-old was woefully out of form in the series against Sri Lanka and there were many calling for him to be dropped, but he repaid the selectors' faith by getting back to his best with bat and ball.
"Yes, I think I came close to being dropped before the first Test. When Flower told me I was playing at Lord's I almost felt a sense of release because I felt I was owed a break after injury and not picking up the wickets I felt my bowling deserved.
"Now I have taken 21 wickets in this series and scored a few runs so I hope I have repaid that faith that was shown me."