Alastair Cook is delighted with England’s turnaround © Getty Images

Manchester: Aug 9, 2014

England captain Alastair Cook was ecstatic after finishing off the match under two days and cruising to a win by an innings and 54 runs against India. Cook lauded the team for its mental strength and character to fight back after being slipping to their seventh loss in nine Test matches after crashing to a 95-run defeat at Lord’s in the second Test.

“You don’t often get nine wickets in a session. The buzz was fantastic. We didn’t think we’d get it done but it’s great to do it today,” Cook said at the post-match presentation ceremony.

What Cook found more praiseworthy was a half-fit Anderson and Moeen Ali bowling the team to victory in absence of Man-of-the-match Stuart Broad, who has broken a nose after being hit by Varun Aaron bouncer.

“Jimmy hasn’t been very well, so for him to bowl like he did, and not having Stuart, was a great effort. The work Moeen is doing, I’ve never seen a guy learn as much in such a short space of time. When the wicket has had something in it, he’s been fantastic. It was outstanding bowling on the first morning and we really got ahead of the game.”

Asked about Broad’s availability in the Oval Test, Cook was non-committal.

“He’s got a broken nose and Cook says “fingers crossed” that he hasn’t broken a cheek bone. Touch and go for The Oval it sounds. England will also hope Anderson recovers from his illness.”

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