It was our goal to be the best team in the world, but when you get there, your priorities change. We, as a group, are concentrating on winning the next Test. We did celebrate on Saturday and we deserved to do that.
But once we re-assembled on Tuesday, it was about re-focusing our energies
on the upcoming Test. We would like to be at the top for a long time, and if we keep doing the simple things right, everything will work out.
England's captain Andrew Strauss applauds as he walks from the pitch with Kevin Pietersen after their 319 run win over India on the fourth day of their cricket Test match at Trent Bridge cricket ground, Nottingham, England.
The best thing about our squad is that there is a bit of dovetailing. This means if one of the openers doesn't get a hundred, I will get one or someone else will. If I don't make a hundred, Alistair Cook backs me up. If the top order does not fire, Matt Prior and Stuart Broad come to the party.
We are a young side, yet an experienced team. No one in our group has played less than 20 Tests. Jonathan Trott, for example, may have played about 25 Tests, but at 30 he is playing like he has been batting in Test cricket for 10 years. Another reason for excitement this week is the fact that I will be playing a Test at my new home ground, The Oval. Surrey is my new home county and the Oval is its home base. I got my first Test hundred at The Oval.
I have been fortunate to have friends on Twitter who made my day the day we became the No. 1 team in the world. Twitter's a fantastic way of staying in touch with people. I also try and communicate in Hindi with the Indian fans. It is fun. TCM