Mediocre would not be the proper word to use to describe India overseas in the 90s.
If there was ever a time to question England's Test status, it'd be the second half of the 1980s, not the 1990s or 2000s.
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What people should remember too is that away series' are not the only ones. England at home were utterly hammered in every single series in the latter 1980s; in the 1990s they were defeated comprehensively only by Australia (1993) and Pakistan (1996); they also lost close-fought encounters which could easily have gone the other way to Pakistan (1992), Australia (1997) and New Zealand (1999).
Make utterly no mistake, England were far, far worse in the second half of the '80s than they ever, ever came close to being in the '90s. In the '90s and the following decade England have been a mediocre mid-table Test team, but none of this comes close to being substandard.
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