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Playing their part

Some of the parts in England's rise to the top...

Benedict Bermange Posted 19th August 2011 view comments

More than a few good men have helped England's ascent to No 1 in the Test rankings.

As Andrew Strauss' side seeks to wrap up a 4-0 series whitewash over India, Benedict Bermange takes a look at the players who have trodden some - or all - of the path to the top, from Michael Vaughan's victorious Ashes side of 2005 to the present day.

Class act: Strauss, Vaughan and Pietersen savour Ashes glory 2005-style

Class act: Strauss, Vaughan and Pietersen savour Ashes glory 2005-style

To qualify for a 'Yes' in the year-by-year table below, a player must have represented England at Test level in the corresponding 12 months.

The path to No 1: Ashes 2005 to Summer 2011

Player2005200620072008200920102011
Marcus TrescothickYesYes-----
Andrew StraussYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Michael VaughanYesNoYesYes---
Kevin PietersenYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Ian BellYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Paul CollingwoodYesYesYesYesYesYesYes*
Andrew FlintoffYesYesYesYesYes--
Geraint JonesYesYes-----
Ashley GilesYesYes-----
Matthew HoggardYesYesYesYes---
Steve HarmisonYesYesYesYesYes--
Simon JonesYes------
Alastair Cook-YesYesYesYesYesYes
Jonathan Trott----YesYesYes
Eoin Morgan-----YesYes
Ravi Bopara--Yes-Yes-Yes
Matt Prior--YesYesYesYesYes
Tim Bresnan----YesYesYes
Stuart Broad--YesYesYesYesYes
Graeme Swann---YesYesYesYes
Chris Tremlett--Yes--YesYes
James AndersonYes**YesYesYesYesYesYes
Steven Finn-----YesYes
Monty Panesar-YesYesYesYes--
Ryan Sidebottom--YesYesYesYes-
Tim Ambrose---YesYes--
Liam PlunkettYes**YesYes----
Sajid Mahmood-YesYes----
Graham Onions----YesYes-
Owais Shah-YesYes-Yes--
Chris Read-YesYes----
Shaun UdalYes**Yes-----
Ian Blackwell-Yes-----
Michael Carberry-----Yes-
Jon Lewis-Yes-----
Darren Pattinson---Yes---
Ajmal Shahzad-----Yes-
James Tredwell-----Yes-
Amjad Khan----Yes--

* Retired from Test cricket in January

**Did not play in Ashes

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