BIRMINGHAM (Agencies) - England became the new No. 1 Test side as they thrashed India by an innings and 242 runs, one of visitors' biggest defeats in history, on the fourth day of the third Test at Edgbaston in Birmingham on Saturday. The worst defeat for India till now is by an innings and 336 runs against the West Indies in Kolkata in 1958. After the ill-fated 1974 England tour, when India suffered the ignominy of being bowled out for 42, this is visitors' most humiliating series loss in 40 years. After Alastair Cook's brilliant 294, pacer James Anderson (4-85) came to the party as he took four Indian wickets to shatter all hopes for the visitors on the penultimate day. With this victory, England took an unbeatable 3-0 lead in the four-match series. Resuming at 35/1 with two days to save the match, Indian batsmen found Anderson too hot to handle. Anderson ran through the India top orders as he dismissed Gautam Gambhir (14), Rahul Dravid (18) and VVS Laxman (2) early in the morning session to go with the wicket of Virender Sehwag on third day. Praveen Kumar entertained the crowd with some lofty shots in otherwise dull and shambolic batting display by Indians as he played a 40-run cameo off 18 balls. Praveen hit three huge sixes and five fours. Later spinner Graeme Swann (2-88) and Stuart Broad (2-25) wrapped up the India's brittle lower-order batsmen as the shell-shocked visitors were bowled out for 244. Skipper MS Dhoni continue his good form from the first innings as he hit 13 fours for his unbeaten 74 off 79 balls. Sachin Tendulkar (40) who looked in good touch, was unfortunately run out. England sent all the top six Indian batsmen back in the pavilion in a matter of 32-odd overs. The two overnight batsmen, Gambhir and Dravid, failed to add any run to their total this morning as Anderson ran riot in overcast conditions. Gambhhir departed to the first ball he faced this morning - tamely guiding an outswinger in the hands of Graeme Swann at second slip. Dravid went inside the pavilion at the start of Anderson's over to attend to some urgent matter but his return lasted no more than two deliveries. He let go a wide delivery outside his offstump and nicked the next one to a delighted Matt Prior behind the stumps. TV replays however showed that Dravid has not nicked the ball but surprisingly the veteran batsman did not opt for a referral. Tendulkar, hit a boundary almost as soon as he came in hitting a loosener from Stuart Broad to the cover fence. He then took three fours off Anderson as he first flicked and straight drove and then guided the swing bowler past the slip cordon. VVS Laxman, at the other end, was doing little better than defending against England bowlers. Broad in particular tried to dig it in short to him and one searing bouncer in particular had the right-hander jumping on his heels. Laxman returned to the pavilion soon coming forward in defence to Anderson but doing no better than nicking yet another chance to Prior behind the stumps. It took the new man Suresh Raina 10 balls to get off the mark and the sight of off-spinner Graeme Swann was the signal for him to get some cheap runs. He once drove the off-spinner down the ground and later hit him through covers to move into double figures. But the left-hander was to depart in the same over, playing forward to Swann and as the ball rapped him on the pads, umpire Steve Davis had no hesitation in ruling him out. Tendulkar, at the other end, was a picture of poise and authority as he once hit Swann over midwicket and then slammed Tim Bresnan for two classy fours--first an on drive and then a thumping cover drive in the same over. The senior-pro though was out in tragic circumstances when Mahendra Singh Dhoni drove Swann back and the ball brushed the hands of the bowler and rattled the non-striker's stumps with Tendulkar out of his crease. ScoreCard India 1st Innings 224 England 1st Innings 710-7 dec India 2nd Innings (overnight: 35-1) Gambhir c Swann b Anderson 14 Sehwag c Strauss b Anderson Dravid c Prior b Anderson 8 Tendulkar run out (Swann) 0 V. Laxman c Prior b Anderson S. Raina lbw b Swann 10 MS Dhoni not out 74 A. Mishra c Broad b Swann 22 P Kumar c Bopara b Broad 40 I Sharma lbw b Broad 0 S Sreesanth c Pietersen b Bresnan 5 Extras: (b6, lb6, w7) 19 Total: (all out, 55.3 overs) 244 FOW: 1-3, 2-35, 3-40, 4-56, 5-87, 6-89, 7-130, 8-205, 9-221, 10-244 Bowling: Anderson 18-3-85-4; Broad 12-4-28-2 (2w); Bresnan 10.3-3-19-1; Swann 13-1-88-2 (5w); Pietersen 2-0-12-0 Result: England won by an innings and 242 runs Toss: England Umpires: Simon Taufel (AUS) and Steve Davis (AUS) TV umpire: Rod Tucker (AUS) Match referee: Ranjan Madugalle (SRI)