India v England, 3rd Test, Kolkata, 5th day

Cook hails 'great' England performance

ESPNcricinfo staff

December 9, 2012

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James Anderson bowled Yuvraj Singh, India v England, 3rd Test, Kolkata, 4th day, December 8, 2012
James Anderson was outstanding throughout the third Test © BCCI
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Alastair Cook has praised the work of his bowling attack after England went 2-1 up in the series with a seven-wicket victory against India on the final morning in Kolkata.

Having been made to wait by R Ashwin's impressive batting on the fourth evening, England wrapped up back-to-back wins less than an hour into Sunday's action although they did slip to 8 for 3 as they chased down 41.

But from the moment England hustled through India's brittle batting order between lunch and tea yesterday the result was never in doubt. Unlike in Mumbai, where's England's 10-wicket win was the product of four outstanding contributions - Cook, Kevin Pietersen, Graeme Swann and Monty Panesar - this victory was more of a collective.

Cook again led the way with his 190 but this time there were important batting contributions from Nick Compton and Jonathan Trott, plus cameos from Samit Patel and Matt Prior, while the quick bowlers had a major impact on the match. James Anderson, finding substantial reverse swing, took six wickets and Steven Finn produced some outstanding spells, especially on the fourth day, during his return to the side.

"It was a great performance level for four and a half days," Cook said. "Everyone performed from one to 11 and that's what you need in these conditions. Our bowlers, on the first day, to keep India to 300 on that wicket was a fantastic effort.

"And after the start they got to get six wickets in that session yesterday really won us the game. It was a credit to the hard work they've put in that they can perform in these conditions."

Cook took the Man-of-the-Match award for his third hundred of the series, making it five tons in five matches as Test captain, as he became England's leading century maker and the youngest batsman to pass 7,000 Test runs. Yet he remained modest about his achievement and focused on the final Test in Nagpur which starts Thursday.

"I've been hitting the ball all right on this tour," he said. "It's nice to contribute to the team's success. To score runs here you've got to bat a long period of time. I had a bit of luck on and I managed to cash in."

"We'll never be complacent," he added. "We're not going to Nagpur to make up the numbers - we're going to try and win a Test match, which we know we can do."

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Posted by   on (December 9, 2012, 18:03 GMT)

Some comments indicate that the mace should return "to England where it belongs".. Why should it return when they were soundly beaten by the no 1 team South Africa. Dream on!!

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (December 9, 2012, 14:02 GMT)

Pak z obviously a way betr test,t20 team than our neighbors ind.THE BIGEST Reason i can see Of poms dominatng is probably The difrence in clas of spin combo 4rm pak n ind.PAK HAV Quite easily the world best spin combo along gd seamrs in the form of gul,junaid whil ind hav easily the worst bowlng linup havng club levl spiners at most,their batsmen R not great eithr so they must stop playng tests onwards

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (December 9, 2012, 13:39 GMT)

Ind have tuf competitn to face against bd,wi,n even to grab no.7 or 8 spot in test rankings.wi,bd hav betr bowlrs than ind bt al three have impatient n britle batng line ups so its gona b intresting,while pak z close to unbeatabl at uae,dubai irrespectiv of opositn,we need a quickie and anothr solid midl ordr batr along younis,azhar n shafiq to chalenge the safas

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (December 9, 2012, 13:28 GMT)

Ind have tuf competitn to face against bd,wi,n even to grab no.7 or 8 spot in test rankings.wi,bd hav betr bowlrs than ind bt al three have impatient n britle batng line ups so its gona b intresting,while pak z close to unbeatabl at uae,dubai irrespectiv of opositn,we need a quickie and anothr solid midl ordr batr along younis,azhar n shafiq to chalenge the safas

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (December 9, 2012, 12:54 GMT)

Well Played Cookie, world's best test opener, you're part of a winning combination in this England team. Now go get the ICC Mace and bring it back to England where it belongs!

Posted by Htc-Android on (December 9, 2012, 12:52 GMT)

probably england should rest their key players and test their bench strenth by sending their U19 team to play the 4th test against india.

Posted by Solid_Snake on (December 9, 2012, 12:41 GMT)

I was going through some comments posted after Pak vs Eng series in UAE.. When Pak did white wash,Majority people even the great Ex Indian players said that it's no big deal as it was done on home ground... Today i guess all did learn their lesson ie never underestimate anyone. Things that you cannot do your self,don't just start assuming about it beforehand.

PS->Ohh & i also remember that Advertisement of Star cricket..It said something like 'angrezon ki pungi' andstuff like that...The same thing backfired lol cant stop laughing.India cannot even win on their home soi & they talk about other countries that winning on home soil is no big deal.How ironic is that :P

Posted by jmcilhinney on (December 9, 2012, 9:59 GMT)

I think the two most encouraging aspects of this win are the fact that every member of the team contributed and that it was a generally good performance in the field. Finn wasn't looking like a great improvement over Broad for a while in the first innings but that ball to dismiss Dhoni in the first innings was a perfect example of what we'd hoped Finn could do. The second innings was a bit of a revelation, with both seamers taking more wickets than both spinners, although Monty was a might unlucky. As a fan of Ian Bell, it was disappointing for me to see him fail again in the first innings but it was good to see him steady the second innings with poise. In a way I'm kinda glad that the second innings had that wobble because it gave Bell a chance to play an innings that will hopefully give him some confidence and help him make a genuine contribution in the last game. As for the fielding, while it wasn't perfect, the chances missed were not easy ones and some difficult ones were taken.

Posted by JG2704 on (December 9, 2012, 9:41 GMT)

Pleased we won although it wasn't a great sign that India's tail wagged and also the 3 wickets they took in the 2nd inns will give them a confidence boost. I'd still bring back Jonny for Bell in the next test and depending on conditions strongly consider either bringing in Root or Tredwell for Patel. To me Patel isn't bowling well enough (or even bowling enough) for it to be considered as reasons for his selection and I wonder if bringing Root into a winning side may not be such a bad idea. Not sure where India should go. They'll not drop Sachin period. Pujara has had a lean couple of tests but is obvious quality. Kohli seems out of sorts but he is the nucleus of the future. So I'd drop Yuvraj and bring in another bowler - Yuvraj seems to neither justify his place with bat or ball and Ashwin seems to be better with the bat than Yuvraj at the moment , nevermind the ball. Ind need to prepare a result pitch. Losing 2-1 is no good to them.

Posted by jmcilhinney on (December 9, 2012, 9:39 GMT)

We've heard numerous times about Cook having scored hundreds in his first five Tests but it's a bit of spurious statistic. Most captains play their first five Tests in a row, not with a year or two between the first two and the rest.

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