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'When you lose 5-0 there's big turnaround and a new side develops quickly'

August 08, 2015 17:50 IST
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England's Alastair Cook celebrates after winning the Ashes. Photograph: Philip Brown Livepic/Reuters

England captain Alastair Cook paid tribute to his young team mates for their contribution to the Ashes victory over Australia which they completed on Saturday by winning the fourth Test at Trent Bridge by an innings and 78 runs.

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Ben Stokes took six wickets to help bowl out the touring side for 253 in their second innings after Joe Root's 130 provided the backbone of England's 391 for nine declared.

"Ben Stokes was fantastic with the skill and swing he produced in the second innings, Joe Root has gone from strength to strength, alongside (Jos) Buttler, (Moeen) Ali, (Mark) Wood and others," said the England captain.

England's Alastair Cook and Stuart Broad applaud. Photograph: Philip Brown Livepic/Reuters

Cook, who led England to a 5-0 drubbing in the last Ashes series in Australia, also recognised the efforts of experienced players including Stuart Broad, who took 8-15 as the touring side were skittled out for 60 on the first morning of the match.

"I am lucky to have senior players like Broady to step up, and the support from Jimmy (Anderson) too," Cook said.

"When you lose 5-0 there's big turnaround and a new side develops pretty quickly. There's a lot of talent and the guys have come in and done incredibly well."

England players celebrate after winning the Ashes. Photograph: Philip Brown Livepic/Reuters

Cook also acknowledged the efforts of former coach Peter Moores who was sacked in May and replaced by Trevor Bayliss.

"It all comes down to hard work. A lot of that work has been done over the last 18 months," Cook said.

"One person -- Peter Moores, the amount of work he did with those players," he added.

"You saw them growing into international players and this has been the finish to that, which Trevor Bayliss developed when he came in.

"I had to take a big step forward as captain. I am quite stubborn and it took a while. But ultimately you are only as good as the other 10 players."

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