Captain Cook hails ‘great win’

Southampton :  England skipper Alastair Cook praised the efforts of his team’s senior members for their contribution in the 266-run victory over India in the third Test on Thursday.

“The guys who were questioned really delivered. It’s great to see Ian Bell score a big hundred. When you set the game up like we did, you get ahead of the game and can dictate it. The weight on me is lifted,” Cook said.

“Certainly if I’d scored nought and five, and we’d lost the game, it would have been a whole lot different. As I said at Lord’s, I felt I’d turned the corner there and under that sort of pressure, the first innings’ fifty meant a lot,” he added.

Cook said his team was determined to turn the tables. “We were relentless in this game. We never let India off the hook, we kept them under pressure and it takes a lot of skill and determination to do that. We did not let up. We have been playing to our potential for some time. This summer we’ve played good cricket for one or two sessions out of three every day. But here, when we were bowling, we’ve managed to keep that pressure for the whole session. And with the bat we got greedy – that set up the game,” said Cook.

“We had as good a game as we could have had. Now everyone knows what it is like, the challenge is to repeat it and try and win the series,” he insisted. “For the guys who experienced a Test win for the first time, it was amazing. Ballance ran to collect the stump and I had forgotten they did not know what it was like to win a Test.” —PTI

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