London: Legendary all-rounder Ian Botham has hailed England's ruthless 4-0 Test series thrashing of India and had predicted that Andrew Strauss' men can remain as the world's numero uno team for at least five years.
Botham said a few key players like captain Strauss and his predecessor Kevin Pietersen may hang up their boots in the coming three-four years but the core of the current crop will stay longer and they can dominate the world.
"I can't see them getting moved for at least five or six years, maybe eight. I think for five or six years they'll stay pretty much as they are now. Two players - the captain and Pietersen - might be the two that in four or five years' time might fade out," Botham said.