Cameron lauds 'world-beating' England cricketers

DAVID Cameron said the whole nation should be proud of the England cricket team after a crushing defeat of India propelled them to the top of the world Test rankings.

The Prime Minister said he watched the closing stages of the innings-and-242-run victory at Edgbaston from his sofa and lauded the "massive team effort".

India, who arrived for the tour as the globe's best side, lost that status in comprehensive style as they slumped to an irretrievable 3-0 deficit in the four-match series.

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"I congratulate the England cricket team on their fantastic achievement," Cameron said. "Their performance in this Test against the team that has up to now been ranked No 1 in the world, is a tribute to their domination of the sport. It was a massive team effort, bowling India out twice for less than 250 and always being so sharp in the field. The whole nation can be very proud of our team of world beaters."