By Lawrence Booth for MailOnline
Published: 18:00 BST, 3 August 2020 | Updated: 18:00 BST, 3 August 2020
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
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,