Hi wiseguy, from an English prospective, I have seen my team over the years suffer quite simply because we didn't have good enough cricketers to compete against certain nations. We are however, very lucky to have Sky TV in England, the money they plough into sport is astronomical. For example, the English premier league becoming a global brand was because of Sky. Cricket has seen a similar trend, the money that has gone into English cricket has made a real difference from basic grass roots, to women's, to schools of excellence, to coaching, to overseas development (we now have a school of excellence in the sub continent). A simply example, our local pavilion burnt down and the ECB gave us a grant to rebuild it. After a generation of this, we are seeing strength in depth coming through these routes onto the international scene. Now England have a team stronger then i have ever seen, we have dozens of test match quality players who can't even get into the side. So to answer your question, massive credit goes to Pakistan and Ajmal in particular. But also, England where a very strong side going through a bad spell, many people mistook this for England being a bad side.