London: England fast bowler Stuart Broad has said that the Andrew Strauss-led team is now aiming to dominate like Manchester United, the most successful club in English football.
Broad’s comment comes after England claimed the number-one ranking in the International Cricket Council (ICC) Test Championship table for the first time in 32 years.
England accomplished its mission with a 4-0 Test whitewash of India in the just concluded series.
“We want this to be the start of the legacy we aim to create. We want to be successful for a long time, like Man United have been, for one example,” Broad wrote in an article for a leading daily.
“Wouldn’t it be lovely if, in 20 years, people talked about us and looked back fondly on what we had achieved? It’s the target for us all,” he added.
England had last surged to the top of the Test rankings in February 1979 when the then number-one ranked West Indies lost a six-Test series in India by 1-0.
However, the West Indies bounced back five months later to beat England by 1-0 in a five-Test series to reclaim the number-one ranking.
Prior to this and since the 1950s, England had twice achieved number-one rankings - from 1955 to 1959 and then from 1970 to 1973.