London: Ian Bell, the England batsman, has admitted that his side has paid the price for resting on their laurels after reaching the top of the ICC Test rankings chart.
England must beat South Africa in the third and final Test at Lord's starting August 16 to retain the number one spot and Bell believes they will have only themselves to blame if South Africa dethrone them.
Bell expressed concern at his side's dismal showing in recent times which has seen them lose five of their last 10 Tests since replacing India as the number one Test team. "We were so hungry to get to number one and that feeling of chasing number one is something that drove us really hard," Bell said. "It's been a bit different being the team being chased by the other teams, a bit like the position India were in 2011."