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England aiming to be the world's best Test team, says Chris Woakes ahead of three-match series against Pakistan... after last topping the rankings in 2012 It is eight years since England last topped the ICC Test match team rankings  England currently sit fourth, behind leaders Australia, New Zealand and India  But Chris Woakes says the team have a plan to launch themselves to the top  He will be part of a selection headache ahead of the first Test against Pakistan

By Lawrence Booth for MailOnline

Published: 18:00 BST, 3 August 2020 | Updated: 18:00 BST, 3 August 2020

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Chris Woakes has revealed England's ambitions of becoming the No 1 Test team once more as they prepare for Wednesday's three-match series against Pakistan.

It is eight years since they last topped the rankings, though they currently sit fourth, some way behind leaders Australia, New Zealand and India.

But Woakes admitted: 'We have spoken about it, and we've spoken about how we're going to do it. As an international team, you want to aim for the top. There's no point aiming to be third, is there?

Chris Woakes has revealed England's ambitions of becoming the No 1 Test team once more

Chris Woakes has revealed England's ambitions of becoming the No 1 Test team once more

Joe Root's side currently sit fourth in the rankings ahead of the Test series against Pakistan

Joe Root's side currently sit fourth in the rankings ahead of the Test series against Pakistan

'We want to get to the top if we can – but it's not an easy route. We've definitely spoken about how we go about our business, and how we're trying to evolve and change as a Test team.

'We're going to have the odd speed bump along the way, but I definitely feel there's the quality in the dressing-room and the squad.'

England's most recent journey to the top,

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