“England are well led by Andrew Strauss and this is a team that has the potential to create a legacy.” -Photo by AFP

LONDON: West Indies legend Sir Viv Richards said on Tuesday he expects Andrew Strauss's England to dominate Test cricket over the next few years.

England took over the top of the Test rankings for the first time last summer, displacing India with a 4-0 series whitewash after an Ashes series win in Australia.

And Richards, 60, who played a starring role in the all-conquering Windies team that did not lose a Test series between 1980 and 1995, feels Strauss' men can enjoy a long stay at the top.

he told BBC Sport.

“They have done their homework and found a solid wicket-taking bowling unit which is of vital importance at this level.”

Richards, who scored 8,540 runs in 121 Tests, warned though that England's iconic status hinged on their ability to win away.

England were beaten 3-0 by Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates earlier this year and, after drawing 1-1 in Sri Lanka, face a tough trip to India at the end of the year.

“It is up to the individuals, but in order to become legendary and great you must be able to win in all conditions,” he said.

“It is not just getting it done at home, it is going to places like India and Pakistan and getting a result.

“You don't necessarily have to win, drawing a series can be a good result. It's like football where away from home, a point is just as vital.

“Not losing, scrapping, this is what great teams do and England have a unit assembled to accomplish that.”

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Comments (4)

Kickus
June 13, 2012 1:09 pm
i dont get this, this is the same team that we beat three nil! not one nil not two nil...THREE ZIP!!!!!!!!! remind me when the 80s windies team or the aussie team was beaten three zip in their prime!
adnan
June 13, 2012 12:56 pm
Creating hype about their sports either its cricket or football is very essence of British media. Either it’s a win against weak West Indies or thinking about winning Euro 2012 after playing 1-1 against France. Mr. Richard now very part of that media is full filling his responsibilities to pleasing the British public. I think he should have waited for Australia and South Africa visits before commenting.
SAB
June 14, 2012 3:11 am
they need to learn to read the doosra...till then Ajmal will run circles around them...this is too big a vulnerability for a team that wants a long run at the top...
john
June 14, 2012 6:48 am
good
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