England captain Alastair Cook hailed the performance and potential of his team after they completed a crushing 241-run win over South Africa on the fifth day of the first Test at Kingsmead on Wednesday. It took England only 80 minutes to take South Africa’s remaining six wickets for the addition of 38 runs, with man-of-the-match Moeen Ali setting the tone by dismissing batting kingpin AB de Villiers with the third ball of the day. He followed up with two more wickets and had match figures of seven for 116. Cook said a key factor had been batting solidly in bowler-friendly overhead conditions on the first day after being sent in, reported AFP. Full Cricket Scorecard: South Africa vs England, 1st Test at Durban, 2015-16

“It was an interesting toss, the overheads were suggesting you want to bowl first but the pitch was quite dry,” said Cook. “We would also have bowled first. It was a matter of getting through that first day. The way Nick Compton played really set up the first innings. From that moment on, the guys bowled particularly well to take 20 wickets and we scored enough runs in the second innings.” Cook said a convincing win against a strong South Africa A team in the build-up to the Test had given the players a lot of confidence. “It was particularly pleasing to back up our form under pressure in a Boxing Day Test match.” With only a two-day turnaround before the second Test starts in Cape Town on Saturday, Cook said it was important to recover well and to avoid complacency. “It can turn very quickly. They have world-class players so we can’t get too carried away. But it would be nice to get our noses ahead again and to continue to put pressure on South Africa,” added AFP. Moeen Ali spins England to comprehensive victory against South Africa in 1st Test at Durban by 241 runs