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'After what happened at Lord's, the players can take credit'

August 17, 2014 22:53 IST

'After what happened at Lord's, the players can take credit'

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England captain Alastair Cook was delighted with the turnaround in the series as they came back from Lord's defeat to win three matches in a row.

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"It was an amazing performance, to win like we've won after what happened at Lord's, the players, the staff can take an enormous amount of credit. All summer, before we won at Southampton, we played good cricket in patches and then let it go after an hour or so," he said.

"To maintain pressure like we did in the last few games was impressive. When you score runs, with our bowling attack in these conditions, it's hard for the opposition," Cook added.

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Image: England captain Alastair Cook after winning the series trophy after winning the 5th Investec Test against India at The Kia Oval
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'We've had to show a lot of character since Lord's'

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England batsman Joe Root, who scored a magnificent unbeaten 149, was adjudged Man of the Match.

"It's always nice to score runs and you want to score as many as you can, but to finish like we did today was really pleasing. We've had to show a lot of character since Lord's and dig deep," Root said.

"I enjoy batting at five, it's nice to score runs and win again. I think I got into a place where I was just looking to survive but I'm trying to put pressure on the bowlers again."

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Image: Joe Root of England celebrates with Chris Jordan after making a century
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'I think I'm in a good place with the ball'

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Fast bowler James Anderson was named England's Man of the Series. Anderson took 25 wickets and he was nominated by India coach Duncan Fletcher.

"We've fought back really well, there's been some good performances through the series. I think I'm in a good place with the ball, I think the way all four seamers have bowled in the last few Test has been hugely impressive. We wanted the nicks to carry, after the first couple of games. When you feel like you have an edge over a batsman, it does help as a bowler," he said.

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Image: James Anderson of England successfully appeals for the wicket of Murali Vijay of India
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'The body is a bit tired but it was a good experience'

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Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who took 19 wickets and scored three half-centuries, was India's Man of the Series. He was nominated by England coach Peter Moores.

"It's tough but we have to look forward to the next series. We were hoping to win the series but in a five-match series it is hard to maintain your performances. The body is a bit tired but it was a good experience, playing in England, it was a great experience and I hope I do well in future. Bowlers want to bowl well here, trying to focus on line and length and I'm pleased I had success."


Image: Bhuvneshwar Kumar
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