India will leave Eng with bruised ego: Stewart

Published: Monday, August 15, 2011, 0:00 [IST]
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London, Aug 14: Former England captain Alec Stewart today said that India will leave the shores of his country with bruised ego and reputation after their stunning defeats in the ongoing Test series.

The former wicket-keeper batsman was also ecstatic at England becoming the top nation in Test cricket and said, it''s time to shout from the roof top that ''We are the world number one Test side''.

"And I''m delighted to hail Andrew Strauss and his men as the strongest England squad I''ve seen in my lifetime in cricket.

"India arrived on these shores in July as the king-pins and will be going home with their reputation - and egos - bruised and beaten," Stewart wrote in ''Daily Mirror''.

"England have quite simply battered them into submission with a ruthless display of high-class, uncompromising cricket.

The much-vaunted Indian batting line-up have had no answers to the high quality fast bowling which has been brilliantly led by James Anderson," he wrote.

Stewart said against all the expectations, the series turned out to be a lop-sided affair.

"I expected this series to be a closely fought contest between two evenly matched sides, but it turned out to be a complete mismatch. The answer to anyone asking if this is the best England side ever - or are India just hopeless - is that this is the strongest squad of players England have had in my lifetime and the team will only get better," he wrote.


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