World number one ranking won’t mean anything

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ENGLAND captain Andrew Strauss does not intend to let his side’s world No 1 status distract them from winning in Sri Lanka.

Strauss’ side topped the Test rankings last summer after whitewashing India at home, but were subsequently beaten 3-0 by Pakistan and only remained at the summit after South Africa’s rain-affected draw against New Zealand.

Victory in tomorrow’s first Test would go a long way to proving England’s position is not false.

“We have got a point to prove and have to bounce back from those results against Pakistan - we’re not focusing on our world ranking at the moment,” he said.