BIRMINGHAM, England (AFP) - James Anderson took four wickets as England became the world's number one Test side with a crushing innings and 242 run victory against India at Edgbaston here on Saturday.
England's second successive win inside four days saw them take the third Test in emphatic fashion and gave them an unbeatable 3-0 lead in this four-match series.
It also meant they'd won this series by the two-match margin they needed to replace India at the top of the ICC's Test Championship table.
It is the first time England have occupied pole position since the table's creation in 2003.
India were dismissed for 244 in their second innings after man-of-the-match Alastair Cook's career-best 294 had propelled England to a massive first innings 710 for seven declared -- their highest Test total in 73 years.
Only Sachin Tendulkar offered any top-order resistance on Saturday with 40 before his latest quest to score an unprecedented 100th international hundred ended in unlucky fashion when he was run-out backing up.
Laxman's exit gave Anderson his 237th Test wicket, one more than the late Sir Alec Bedser, also a fast-medium bowler, as he moved up into seventh place in England's all-time list.
Suresh Raina was then lbw for 10 as he misread Swann's arm-ball.
Raina summed up India's mental, as well as physical, tiredness by asking for a review of his dismissal even though, thanks to Indian objections to ball-tracking technology, lbw's cannot be referred in this series.
Tendulkar, who had looked in good touch while striking eight fours, was then run-out after Dhoni drove at Swann only for the bowler to deflect the ball onto the non-striker's stumps with the 'Little Master' just shy of his ground.
India reached lunch on 116 for six, having lost five wickets for 81 runs during Saturday's morning session.
And that became 130 for seven when Amit Mishra was well caught by a leaping Stuart Broad at mid-off following a drive against Swann.
Kumar -- primarily a medium-pacer and one of the few India players to show much fight with either bat or ball this series -- was eventually out when he top-edged a pull off seamer Broad and was caught by Ravi Bopara.
Tim Bresnan then ensured an India side boasting one of the world's strongest top-orders, who've yet to make 300 this series, were bowled out inside 56 overs when he dismissed last man Shanthakumaran Sreesanth.
The fourth and final Test at The Oval starts on Thursday.