England want more props

England coach Andy Flower highlighted the World Cup as a new target after his side became number one in the Test rankings.

“There’s no way our goal will be just trying to maintain that status,” Flower said. “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.”

England have a 3-0 lead in their four-match series with India. The fourth test is slated to start this Thursday.

Since Flower was appointed full-time England team director in 2009, the team have not been beaten in the nine Test series they have played, winning eight and drawing 1-1 in South Africa.

Their limited-overs form remains inconsistent. Although they won the World Twenty20 last year, England are currently ranked as the fifth best one-day international team.

After a 10-wicket defeat against Sri Lanka in the quarter-finals of the 2011 World Cup, Andrew Strauss retired from one-day cricket to focus on the Test side, with Alastair Cook named captain as the team builds for the 2015 competition, which takes place in Australia and New Zealand.

Swing bowler James Anderson feels England can dominate in both forms of the sport.

“Every nation wants to be number one in all forms of the game but it very rarely happens that way,” Anderson said. “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.”

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