England's rise to the top of the ICC Test rankings is a result of a constant dedication towards hard-work, sustained by a systematic plan and fuelled by a ruthless desire to succeed, according to Stuart Broad in his blog on UK's Daily Mail.
Reflecting on his team's rather quick and confident rise to the Number 1 spot in Tests from languishing at the sixth position, Broad feels a lot of credit goes to team analyst Nathan Leamon, director Andy Flower and skipper Andrew Strauss. Permutations were devised in 2009 which, writes Broad, seemed far-fetched then but have since worked to make the dream a reality. "Our analyst Nathan Leamon, at the request of Andy Flower, went through exactly what we had to do to get to No 1 in the world. Frankly, it left me in a bit of a daze. Now here we are, little more than two-and-a-half years later, and we are on top of the world," says Broad in his column.
The all-rounder, who has enjoyed excellent form with both the bat and the ball in the ongoing series against India, feels even the small factors which may not have seemed to matter before, mattered, and helped the team become ' a powerful and ruthless bunch.' Part of the secret to England's success, says Broad, is in the ability of each player to motivate the other and help him first reach a milestone and then go for even more glory. "If I'm partnering someone who has just raised his bat it is my job to tell him: Make it 200 and we will win this game."
It is not one but all three aspects of the game that the team has worked on and Broad feels the collateral damage exerted is it's result. "What odds would you have got on India failing to reach 300 in six innings in the first three Tests with their array of batting superstars? The great thing about our bowling unit is that we genuinely take as much pleasure in each other's successes as our own," he concludes.