By CricketCountry Staff
London: Oct 12, 2011
Former Australian wicketkeeper-batsman Adam Gilchrist opines that England must play like the second-best team in the world, if they want to stay on top of the rankings.
Gilchrist told the Daily Mirror, "England's rise has not been an overnight success. It has been well planned and a lot of work has gone into it over a number of years. Looking in from afar it would seem to me that their leadership group is strong and in cohesion together."
"They seem united in their objectives and are pulling in the same direction which is of paramount importance to any team being successful and is crucial if you want it to last over a sustained period of time," he added.
"You've got to keep working and play, train and prepare as if you are No.2. That is the attitude we had, every time you practiced or played we tried to improve in some capacity. If you're No.1 in the world and want to keep that gap above No.2 then you have to do things with the mindset of No.2 which will push you on to better levels," Gilchrist said.
Gilchrist recalled how the former Australia coach John Buchanan used to challenge them, while they remained on top for almost a decade.
"England have come close to being No.1 in the past, but this time, they have managed to push through with it and, I think, a lot of that is how extremely well led they have been. You've got to keep being challenged as players and that is what I felt John Buchanan did so well for us," he said.
England beat India 4-0 at home to become world No. 1 in ICC Test rankings.