Geoffrey Boycott says England should use historic series win against India as platform for Ashes glory
Former batsman Geoffrey Boycott believes England's historic Test series in India is no mean achievement and ranks only second to their win in Australia, adding that the team should use this series as a platform to achieve Ashes glory next year.
"Nobody should try to belittle what England have achieved. You can only play against the team selected and, in the past, even average Indian sides have been difficult to beat at home," Boycott wrote in his column for the Telegraph.
"So if you wanted to undermine the victory you could but, quite frankly, of recent performances this ranks second only to winning in Australia two years ago. To put it into context, this is only the fifth time England have won a series in India in 14 attempts," he added.
"Alastair Cook, Kevin Pietersen and Anderson have been outstanding. We have seen a true world-class performance from each of them. Our two spinners, Swann and Panesar, out bowled the two Indian spinners," he further wrote.
Boycott added: "There are areas we should improve on the trip coming up to New Zealand, when we will begin to focus on the Ashes in England next year. Like all great winning teams, England should enjoy the spoils of victory but also look on this as a time to improve. Do not court complacency. Prepare for the next challenge."