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Reaching No. 1 spot is only the beginning: Swann

 LONDON, Aug 4 (PTI): After thrashing the No. 1 Test team in the first two games of the four-match Test series, England might have moved an edge closer to snatching away the numero uno status from India, but off-spinner Graeme Swann said his side is keen on having “a long-term era of success”.

“Reaching No. 1 in the world is not the end of the journey. It will be only the beginning,” Swann said.

“We want to create a dynasty, a long-term era of success and to be remembered as one of the best England teams ever,” the tweaker added. England have already taken a 2-0 lead in the four-match rubber, they look in total control against an injury-hit Indian side.

Dhoni’s men will have to put an extraordinary effort in the remaining two matches at Edgbaston and The Oval in the third and the fourth Tests, respectively, to salvage their reputation and hold on to the No. 1 spot.

England will replace India at the top if they manage to clinch the series with a margin of two or more matches. “We are not there yet, of course, and our prime objective at the moment is making sure we are fully focused for the third Test at Edgbaston next Wednesday,” Swann wrote in his column for The Sun.

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