England Cricket Team Wins BBC Sports Personality Team of the Year Award 2011

The England Test cricket team have won the BBC Sports Personality Team of the Year award after securing a first Ashes series triumph in Australia since 1987.

Captain Andrew Strauss’s side won the final two Tests after Christmas to retain the urn with a 3-1 victory.

England also beat Sri Lanka 1-0 and whitewashed India 4-0 at home to become the world’s number one Test side.

England have been awarded the accolade three times in seven years – the first two coming after home Ashes series victories in 2005 and 2009.

The team have not lost a Test series since May 2009 and their rise to the top of the International Cricket Council’s five-day rankings was confirmed as they took an unassailable 3-0 series lead over India at Edgbaston in August.

After losing the one-day series against Australia 6-1, they suffered defeats by Ireland and Bangladesh at the World Cup before bowing out with a 10-wicket defeat by Sri Lanka in the quarter-finals.

One-day international series victories over Sri Lanka and India at home were followed by a 5-0 whitewash away to India.

The winner of the award was decided by a panel of sports editors from national and regional newspapers and magazines.

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