Andy Flower has warned that England still have a long way to go before they can consider themselves one of the world's best sides.
Team director Flower can look back with considerable pride on recent results, with last summer's Ashes victory followed up by a one-day series win and Test series draw in South Africa and a just-completed tour whitewash over Bangladesh.
But while he is keen to acknowledge the positives from that period, he is clear in his assessment England remain a work in progress, saying: "If I'm quite honest, we've got a way to go if we are to compete with the top couple of sides in the world."
England completed a 2-0 Test series win over Bangladesh on Wednesday, and Flower was quick to praise Yorkshire's Tim Bresnan.
Having initially been selected as a limited-overs specialist for Bangladesh, he was asked to stay on as injury cover and quickly edged out the likes of Ajmal Shahzad and Liam Plunkett to play a central role in both Tests.
And if Flower's glowing end-of-tour report on Bresnan's progress is anything to go by, it is a position he will have to become used to.
Bresnan outperformed the more established Stuart Broad in Chittagong and Mirpur and impressed with his enthusiasm, stamina and ability to reverse swing the old ball, not mention a knock of 91 in the second Test.
"Tim Bresnan wasn't originally selected in the Test party but with the opportunity given to him by the injury to Ryan Sidebottom, and after his performances in the one-day series, he sort of leapfrogged his way into the side," explained Flower. "He performed superbly and I think he was the standout seamer in the Test series and probably the one-dayers too.
"He's very skilful at reverse swinging the ball both ways and he's accurate with a heavy bouncer. He's very controlled and he was strong enough to keep going for long periods of time.
"He can bat a bit too and is a solid fielder who's worked very hard physically."