England's best XI?
England stand on the verge of being ranked as the number one Test team in the world for the first time since the official rankings began.
But does the fact they could be top of the charts for the first time automatically mean that Andrew Strauss is leading the best side that England have ever produced?
During the lunch interval on Wednesday, the Test Match Special team held a debate whether the 2011 vintage is England's greatest - but as always, we want to hear your thoughts.
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The togetherness of this England side makes winning an expectation, with success breeding success. Photo: Getty
Of course, you are always on rather dangerous ground when you try to compare teams who played in different eras.
I can already hear Geoff Boycott ranting that this current England side haven't had to face some of the great fast bowlers which previous teams came up against; the likes of Holding, Garner, Roberts, Marshall or even the McGrath and Donald of more recent times plus spinning greats like Shane Warne and Murali have retired.
England have come across perhaps not the best prepared Indian team, while the tourists have had injury problems - with the absence of Zaheer Khan most significant.
But you can only beat the players who you come up against, and there is no doubting how impressive this current England team have been at doing that.
What is perhaps most notable is just how big a whole team effort it has been to take England 2011 to the verge of the number one spot.
England are 2-0 up against the current Test best without significant contributions from some of their normally most consistent performers like Cook, Swann, Trott and Strauss.
And talking about Broad, he has demonstrated another knack of this current side - the ability to come back to form under pressure. Broad was by no means a certain selection at the start of this series but he has been at his swashbuckling best with ball and bat.
Kevin Pietersen has done the same. With some questioning his place in the side, KP replied with a hardworking double century at Lord's.
Despite his doziness at Trent Bridge, Ian Bell has had a glorious last few months for England, Jimmy Anderson continues to look among the world's best whilst Matt Prior has earned the right to be mentioned in the same breath as Adam Gilchrist.
It's often said that a sign of a good team is strength in depth and there is plenty of talent coming through, with the likes of James Taylor unlucky to miss out on selection at Edgbaston, several fast bowlers on the fringes like Jade Dernbach and Graham Onions plus a wealth of wicketkeeping talent from Steven Davies to Craig Kieswetter and several spin bowlers like Monty Panesar, Samit Patel and the promising Scott Borthwick.
And there is the outstanding leadership that this current side enjoys - what Scyld Berry once described in Wisden as the "andocracy" of Andrew Strauss and Andy Flower.
Strauss is a highly impressive man who, after waiting his turn for the top job, has risen to its challenges. I also love the understated manner of Flower who despite being himself the top ranked batsman in the world at one point is happy to be in the background.
One of the images for me of the Ashes was Flower hugging Strauss at the MCG - not on the outfield, but away from the crowds in the tunnel.
I also look for characters in a great side and this current team have plenty of those - led of course by the irrepressible Graeme Swann, who must be both a gift and a nightmare for the PR people at the ECB.
So the case for this England side to be the best is definitely a strong one.
However there is plenty of room for debate.
Knott, Graveney, Illingworth and Boycott, to name but a few, were a great England side circa 1970. Photo: Central Press
Personally, I will always have a soft spot for the 2005 Ashes-winning team, a side which also enjoyed an amazing run of success in the couple of years before that.
It was a team which was victorious in South Africa and won all seven Tests of a summer before reaching its pinnacle in that glorious 2005 season.
The nature of that win over an Australian side full of legends such as Warne, McGrath and Gilchrist makes their case a good one. Again, excellent leadership from our own Michael Vaughan, great characters like Freddie Flintoff and surely one of England's greatest ever fast bowling line-ups.
Sadly that 2005 team never played together again after the fourth Test of that series as injuries plagued the likes of Simon Jones and Vaughan.
You can also pick a few holes in that team if you really want to - for example, Ian Bell was at the start of his England career and didn't really contribute in 2005.
Then you can go back to the England team of the 1950s which enjoyed a period of dominance. It was a side which won 10 series and drew four in between their Ashes defeats of 1950-51 and 1958-59. It was a team with a who's who of England cricketing greats - Len Hutton, Colin Cowdrey, Peter May, Godfrey Evans, Jim Laker, Tom Graveney, Denis Compton and Fred Trueman to name but a few.
Ray Illingworth's team that won eight and drew two in the four years leading up to June 1971 has to have a mention with Boycott, Alan Knott, John Snow, John Edrich and Derek Underwood just a few of its star players. Plenty of characters among that lot as well... one of which is almost always in my ear!
Finally, I think you have to give at least a nod to the 1981 England side which may not have enjoyed a period of domination but certainly performed some miracles that summer with characters such as Ian Botham and Bob Willis and batting talent like David Gower, Graham Gooch and Mike Gatting.
If you've got to the end of this blog hoping for my selection, I am afraid you are going to be disappointed. I will leave that to you and the expert TMS team.
But hopefully I have helped to at least get you thinking, and it promises to be a lively discussion on Wednesday.