England's cricketers celebrate series whitewash

  • 22 August 2011
England's cricket team have beat India 4-0 in their test match series. Image copyright AFP

England's cricket team have achieved their goal of a 4-0 series whitewash against India.

India fought hard in the morning of the final day of the fourth Test, but suffered a huge collapse in the afternoon, losing seven wickets for 21 runs.

Andrew Strauss' side won the match by an innings and eight runs.

England are now officially the best Test team in the world after knocking India off the number one spot.

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Image caption Sachin Tendulkar missed out on his 100th international hundred by just 9 runs

Sachin Tendulkar just missed out on his dream to be the first batsman to record one hundred international hundreds - he was given out LBW to Tim Bresnan for 91.

At lunch it looked like Tendulkar might be able to save the match for India, having batted through the morning session comfortably with Amit Mishra.

But after the break Mishra was bowled by Graeme Swann for 84 and Tendulkar fell in the very next over.

Swann took a total of six wickets in the second innings, but man of the match was Ian Bell for his impressive 235 in England's innings.

The two sides will now play a Twenty20 international and five 50-over One-Day international matches.