Off-spinner Graeme Swann says England will have to beat India in the world champions' backyard if they aspire to be counted among the best in one-day international cricket.
Ranked fifth in the world, England have a 1-0 lead over the India going into the third Natwest series one-dayer, at The Oval.
"Our official ranking is five and I don't think we can argue with that," Swann said. "We have shown some improvement recently but we have to continue that if we want to be one of the best teams. We have to beat teams like India, not just in this series, but when we go away to play them as well," he was quoted as saying by 'Sky Sports News'.
India will host England in a five-match return series next month.
Swann also believed that One-day captain Alastair Cook has proved his critics wrong after his match-winning innings in the second one-dayer at the Rose Bowl Tuesday.
"He's just letting his bat do the talking. It is very good for Cooky. He works very hard on his game, no one works harder on his game although Kevin Pietersen might tell you differently. It is brilliant that it is paying off for him. He was written off - he's even hitting sixes these days. So you never know, hell might freeze over."