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England will stay No. 1 for a long time: Harmison

October 08, 2011 21:57 IST

Former fast bowler Steve Harmison, believes that with Andrew strauss in charge, England will stay on top of world cricket for a long time to come.

"With him (Strauss) in charge, I can see England staying No. 1 for a long time," Harmison was quoted as saying by The Mirror.

Harmison also lauded coach Andy Flower's contribution in their team's elevation to the top of Test rankings.

"It is just brilliant what the two Andys have done with the England team," the big-bodied speedster said.

"But I think Andrew Strauss really has been the man above all others though who has driven this team forward. He took over in ­difficult circumstances in the West Indies in 2009 and he has led with courage. I played with Straussy in the first academy intake in Australia. I saw then what a tough b***** he was. If you want a man in the trenches with you, Straussy is your man."

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