Former England captain Michael Vaughan has said that the England team faces tough challenges ahead and if they do not get their act together it will be difficult for them to remain at the top of the ICC Rankings as the best Test team in the world.

The Three Lions will travel to the United Arab Emirates to play Pakistan who are hungry for success against a strong nation after having an extremely mediocre decade. Vaughan says that the team might not remain at the top of the standings come the end of the year when they travel to India, who will be keen to avenge the 4-0 whitewash suffered in England.

England reached the summit of Test cricket for the first time since the ranking system was introduced after trouncing the newly crowned World Champions at home but Michael Vaughan believes that the Indian tour at the end of 2012 will determine who will lead the standings going into 2013.

The former opening batsman for England says that the Indians are extremely strong in their own backyard and the spinning Indian wickets have always posed troubles for English batsmen who failed to come to terms with the turn of the wickets. Vaughan also warned the fans that they shouldn’t expect the team to be playing the best cricket throughout the year – a slump is bound to come and they need to be realistic about it.

No one ever thought that the mighty Aussies could be displaced from the top but they have fallen from grace and England beat all the best cricket online betting odds to get there. Now they must improve certain aspects of their game to ensure they stay there.

Vaughan knows all too well that nothing can be taken for granted having been thrashed 5-0 in Australia after winning the series against them in 2005 and his warning comes as a timely reminder that Strauss and his men cannot take anything for granted.