England deserve to be world number one: Donald

Last Updated: Jul 27, 2011, 12:43 PM IST

London: Impressed with England`s dominating performance in the Lord`s Test, former South African pacer and bowling coach Allan Donald says Andrew Strauss` men deserve to edge past India as the new world number one in Test cricket.

"England deserve to be the number one, there`s no question about it," Donald told `BBC Radio 5 live`.

England beat India by 196 runs in the opening Test of the four-match series, putting up a thoroughly clinical performance against their depleted opponents, who were a bowler short after Zaheer Khan`s hamstring injury.

Donald said England are improving with every passing game.

"They are a good side, they`re progressing every game. They`re progressing as a really good unit."

Donald said in pacers Stuart Broad, Chris Tremlett and James Anderson and spinner Graeme Swann, England have the best bowling attack in the world right now.

"There`s no question. Chris Tremlett, Broad, Anderson and Graeme Swann are fantastic. Then you`ve got a few more in the bank -- Tim Bresnan still in the wings," he said.

"It`s amazing how the guys have grown since 2007. Anderson has led the attack with absolute disdain, Broad has gone through a few ups and downs of late.”

"It`s good to see him really back and firing, bowling really well with a lot of aggression too. It`s nice to know you`ve got this current crop who are playing and you`ve also got a few youngsters in the wings as well," he added.