England to target World Cup title: Flower

Published: Monday, August 15, 2011, 0:00 [IST]
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England to target World Cup title:Flower

London, Aug 15: After becoming world number one side in Test and having won the Twenty20 World Cup, England should now target 50-over World Cup crown to complete the treble of coveted cricket titles, feels coach Andy Flower.

"There's no way our goal will be just trying to maintain that status. We've got to have something more exciting than that. England has never won a 50-over World Cup, so 2015 is something we''ve already started planning towards," Flower was quoted as saying by BBC Sport.

England have never won a 50-over World Cup. Their only world title was the World Twenty20 that they won last year.

They are currently ranked only the fifth best one-day international team.

Pace spearhead James Anderson told BBC Radio 5 live's Sportsweek that every nation wants to be number one in all forms of the game but it very rarely happens that way.

"We have conquered one step and we are the best Test nation in the world at the moment. Now we can push everything else forward hopefully," he said.

Anderson said that Flower had a great influence on the team.

"When he came in, he sat us down and showed us exactly what we needed to do to become number one in the world and that pretty much meant not losing a series."

England became number one side in ICC Test rankings after thrashing India by an innings and 242 runs at Edgbaston yesterday to take a 3-0 lead in their four-match series.


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