'Series win equal to Ashes 2009'

He also hailed the players for the “extraordinary” motivation and hard work they had put in to achieve the feat. England completed a Test series whitewash of India at the Oval, the same venue which two years ago had provided the settings for their celebration of a 2-1 Ashes victory over Australia.

“It reminds me of the Ashes in 2009, there’s a similar atmosphere. It was maybe a bit of an anti-climax because we were 3-0 up but it’s a great moment for them,” Flower said.
“The Ashes are special for their own reasons, and for the importance the English public and the Australian public give to it, but it’s also something special to be playing India. These are brilliant moments,” he told ‘Sky Sports’.

He even found similarity between the series victory over India and the 2009 Ashes win under his own guidance. “We like listening to (Jerusalem) before each day’s play and to have it while they’re doing a lap of honour is very special,” said the former Zimbabwe captain.

On the work which has gone into his side’s ascent to number one spot in Test rankings, Flower said, “The players have worked extraordinarily hard to get their skills and their conditioning up, and they walk over that boundary rope and make good decisions under pressure. Also really good leadership from Strauss, you see that in all facets, and really good work by (batting coach) Graham Gooch and some of our support staff, you can see that in some big first-innings scores and the fielding standards.”

Meanwhile, legendary all-rounder Ian Botham has hailed England’s ruthless 4-0 Test series thrashing of India and had predicted that Andrew Strauss’ men can remain as the world’s numero uno team for at least five years.

“I can’t see them getting moved for at least five or six years, maybe eight. I think for five or six years they’ll stay pretty much as they are now. Two players -- the captain and Pietersen -- might be the two that in four or five years’ time might fade out,” Botham said.

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