Alastair Cook © Getty Images
Alastair Cook © Getty Images

Jul 31, 2014

Alastair Cook was elated for England to get back to winning ways and after their thumping 293-run win against India. The England captain was pleased that thew team came together to stitch a fantastic display. The batsmen in particular came for special praise from the skipper and he was immensely pleased with his own personal form too, which got a new lease of life with a stellar show with the bat in both innings, which bore Cook’s typical grit and steel combined with his insatiable appetite to score runs.

Cook said “Great performance from day one and credit to the team for performing this way. Credit to my team for performing this way. We wanted to get to a total of 575 and I am glad that the batsmen stood up and got us to a big score.”

The 29 year-old had special praise for the Aeagas Oval crowd who stood by him when endured this poor run, “I will never forget the reception I got when I got back to the dressing room at Lunch on Day One and I would like to thank the Southampton crowd for that.”

Cook said he was feeling good about his batting before the Southampton Test, he said “I knew at Lord’s that I was getting back into the game. I am glad that I could prove it with the bat than just saying those words. I am a tad disappointed at missing out on a century but I will take my run tally and the win.”

Cook also praised Jos Buttler stellar show on debut and Moeen Ali’s stunning display in the second innings, “People will remember Moeen Ali and Jos Buttler’s performance and I am glad that Moeen’s hard work on his bowling paid off and Buttler shows signs of a great keeper. Anderson bowled brilliantly and calmed our nerves in the second innings.”

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