I couldn’t be more proud: Joe Root after England’s series win over India
With the series wrapped up, to end a run of three Test series without a win, Joe Root was a proud captain. @Getty

Victorious England captain Joe Root has lauded his team for their perseverance in clinching the series against India 3-1 with a game to spare, after they bounced back from defeat at Trent Bridge with a 60-run win at The Ageas Bowl  on Sunday.

England’s batting has been problematic all series, their have been injury blows and the fact that Ben Stokes had to miss a Test because of his court case. But with the series wrapped up, to end a run of three Test series without a win, Root was a proud captain.

“There have been ups and downs throughout the series but the strength of characters of this group gets us through the most and we showed that for huge amounts of this game,” he told the BBC’s Test Match Special after the win. “From the position we were in at lunch on day one to fight back and post a decent total, then in the second innings the approach was to score as many runs as we could, no matter how we got them. I was really confident we had enough runs to win so it was just about being patient and getting the job done.”

Root praised Moeen Ali, who was Man of the Match in his first Test since March with match figures of 9/134. The allrounder was added to England’s XI after scoring 219 and taking eight wickets in for his club Worcestershire last week, and made a massive impact.

Moeen Ali Ageas Bowl
Moeen Ali bowled England to a series-clinching win at The Ageas Bowl. @Getty

“It was a brilliant comeback – it shows the benefit of having a bit of time away from it, playing for Worcestershire and some one-day cricket,” said Root. “He’s been able to relax and understand what his game is about in a less pressurised environment then come back and enjoyed Test cricket again. You perform at your best when you enjoy what you’re doing. He should be really proud of what he’s done here. To perform like that in his first game back is exceptional.”

Asked about any changes for the fifth Test at Kennington Oval next week, Root said: That’s for another day – for this squad of players we need to enjoy what has been a brilliant Test match. We won’t overdo it tonight then we’ll make some important decisions ahead of what’s still a very important game at The Oval.”