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

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.

Posted by Moonstar301 on (December 9, 2012, 9:36 GMT)

Good win for england. Great effort from Ashwin

Posted by St.John on (December 9, 2012, 9:21 GMT)

Well played England. Cook was generous praising the whole team but its mostly due to his batting that England won. Cook is already a legend... India needs inspiration. They have found a new Dravid in Pujara and there are plenty to fill Tendulkars shoes. Perhaps a change of coach can do the trick?

Posted by   on (December 9, 2012, 9:19 GMT)

Well done to Alastair Cook and the rest of the English team.I think Mr Tendulkar sould do the right thing by his team and country and step down,just like Ricky Ponting did.Once again well done England.

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (December 9, 2012, 9:17 GMT)

What a set of bowler England have - A Flat-Pitch and Green-top specialist in Jimmy Anderson, the fastest bowler in the world in Steven Finn, and the the two best spinners in the world. There's no shame India in losing to a team as good as this.

Posted by yorkslanka on (December 9, 2012, 9:14 GMT)

congrats to England on another test match win and going a long way to winning the series...seems very quiet on here?

Posted by getsetgopk on (December 9, 2012, 9:10 GMT)

DRS or no DRS, doctored pitches or not, an ordinary side is an ordinary side. Frankly India doesn't deserve anything on the world's Test scene. They stopped respecting the format ever since BCCI's bank accounts started filling in with IPL's money. Yes, England are jealous of IPL and all that, they are here to bury Indian cricket in India itself. India fans never spared a moment to mention how rich Indian cricketers are. Its the cricket you play out in the middle that defines you, not how much you make. Its cricket, not some multi national company listed on the New York's stock exchange. Well played England, Congratulations, one more to go, show them where they belong!

Posted by criccritic1 on (December 9, 2012, 9:07 GMT)

not sure why Indians are not demanding to replace Dhoni? he does not play at all for many years (minus one match - world cup).

people should stop purchasing things that he advertises! these guys are so rich that they pretty much do not care...

his time is over long back!!

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

lol, what happened to white wash indian fans? hope u know by now that your team is pathetic and ordinary. u r only suited for playing against minnows on flat wickets. that's the only way you ordinary and overrated players can do well. shame

Posted by   on (December 9, 2012, 8:55 GMT)

Well played England go for the 3-1. Should be an another easy win for England.

Posted by   on (December 9, 2012, 8:54 GMT)

It is a good thing India lost. India needs a shock from their slumber of complacency. There are many people in cricketing circles who imagine that the Indian batting might led by the Master-Blaster Sachin Tendulkar will win the games on a turning wicket. The most disturbing news is the anger of BCCI president Mr.N.Srinivasan to find fault with the curator of the Kolkatta pitch. It is a disgusting attitude that a President of the board is asking for doctoring of the test pitch. This implies that India's great batsmen including Sachin Tendulkar cannot bat and last on good pitches like the one at Kolkatta. To what level of desperation we have descended to. Firstly stop expecting too much from Sachin Tendulkar. His failures are too many than his batting successes. Give the man respect by asking him to retire. Drop all the aging bowlers like Zaheer and Harbhajan. Fight the temptation of going in for turners and go for neutral wickets with emerging fast bowlers Aaron, Dhinda & Yadav.

Posted by   on (December 9, 2012, 8:51 GMT)

Excellent performance by English team....They have outclassed Indian old eleven..If Pakistan can win in UAE...why cant India win in Eden Gardens ???? Think BCCI....

Posted by   on (December 9, 2012, 8:17 GMT)

India has only 3 options.

(1) Stop IPL (2) Stop playing Test Cricket (3) Do not include IPL players in the test squad.

Option 2 is not possible. Option 1 may be possible, but option 3 is definitely possible.

Posted by Sinhaya on (December 9, 2012, 8:17 GMT)

Congratulations England and full hats off salutes! You all simply showed how mediocre and overrated is this Indian side. Even Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, Netherlands and Ireland can thrash this Indian team in test matches in 4 days. ICC has made a mega error by not classing India as an associate nation.

Posted by   on (December 9, 2012, 8:17 GMT)

England entered this tournament as underdogs but the reality is India is not even in the race to contest against the English in their own yard - Its like a Bulldog vs kitten scenario!!

Posted by   on (December 9, 2012, 8:16 GMT)

india didn't gave eng any turning wickets in practice matches neither spinners...kohli & gambhir said lots of things then they gave turning wickets yet they can't beat eng.....i have one question my dear Indians we know kohli,dhoni,yuraj,raina,gambhir, they are good odi batsmen but y cant they play test matches ?????????

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (December 9, 2012, 8:09 GMT)

England are just a far superior team than India, and if it hadn't been for a rare Prior miss this game would've been an innings victory on day 4. What an absolute thrashing England have given India here, they have outplayed in every facet of he game. England have the better spinners, the masterful flat-deck/green-top specialist Anderson, the fastest bowler in the world in Finn, and the best test opener in Cook. What a team performance.

Posted by Sanj747 on (December 9, 2012, 8:07 GMT)

Great stuff from England and their leader. Cook leads from the front and sets the example unlike his opposite number. The Indians might want to spend sometime and understand Cook's comments - "It's nice to contribute to the team's success." and "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." Not sure if India and Dhoni have the capacity to understand what the above means. The teams are miles apart, one wants to work hard and the other just continues to decline due to various issues including selection, arrogance, laziness and slopiness, denial etc. Well done England once again. Great stuff.

Posted by VivtheGreatest on (December 9, 2012, 7:56 GMT)

Congrats to England for a fine all-round performance and a comprehensive win. Some of the sycophantic commentators were actually trying to sell the idea of an Indian win when they were 8 for 3. India got into that position only coz of a brain freeze by Cook or else they would have comfortably thrashed us by 10 wickets. If England win the toss next time I think the hiding will be worse. For the sake of Indian cricket I sincerely hope there's a major overhaul in the team starting from the captain, who would not get a place in any other Test side including Bangladesh ,but I wouldnt hold my breath.

Posted by sachin_vvsfan on (December 9, 2012, 7:45 GMT)

I take this moment to congratulate cook. What a tournament he is having. 27 years of age and lot of temperament. No need to change his style just keep going. We don't need flashy batsmen for Test cricket.

Dont want to talk about Ashes right now as i know India cannot be the benchmark (Aus too beat india 4-0 with an average bowling attack). Both Aus and Eng were beaten by SA . Over all Eng proved to be good side although the middle order is vulnerable.

Posted by mazii on (December 9, 2012, 7:29 GMT)

India won the toss and got the chance to bat on a fresh wicket. India squandered its chance to post a big total and then to rub salt to India's salt, The English batsmen, especially cook and jonathen, played with patience and grit. It will be interesting to see what the Indian fans say after this dismal performance. This series was touted as revenge series but man Cook showed character. Even against Pakistan, he was resilient and made some good runs. I think India needs to get its act together. Indians fans are too emotional when it comes to Tendulkar. If SRT keeps playing then the other team at advantage. But what to speak of their ignorance, Indians are in denial. They can't improve if they remain to be in denial. Now, to appease Indian fans, BCCI will invite minows like Bangladesh, West Indies and others to record victories against them. This is hilarious. India is not of test standard.

Posted by beghairat 11 on (December 9, 2012, 7:23 GMT)

india deserved this defeat cuz they had created a hype in media,papers etc, without a sound reason and a balanced side.On the other hand england will surely take it as a "blessing from disguise" because they surprisingly showed consistent good form unlike what they had done in recent past in sub-continent conditions :D :D .............. good-bye INDIA R.I.P....:p

Posted by Patchmaster on (December 9, 2012, 7:22 GMT)

Everyone performed from 1 to 11 ? How does Ian Bell fit into that statement ? Surely time for some fresh blood. Bell has been a rabbit in the headlights for all but the last innings (no pressure) and his time has surely come to head back to County Cricket and yet a young star like Root or a similar player come through.

Posted by Lmaotsetung on (December 9, 2012, 7:21 GMT)

Posted by maddy20 on (December 05 2012, 03:00 AM GMT) - One win and the English fans are over the moon. Ye' all can be pretty darn sure that things will be back to normal after the Kolkata test!

Yeah things are back to normal for sure. Hmmmm I think I've seen this movie before...aussie fans can tell you how it ended in Sydney for them.

Posted by ihaq1 on (December 9, 2012, 7:19 GMT)

england have played well but also against an indian side that is not willing to drop key players even if they play badly for 10 tests...india should realize that a key number four and number one batsman should not be allowed to waste innings because of past performances...anyone not scoring in five innings should be dropped at least from teh eleven...dhoni also was insipid as a captain and teh spinners often seemed unable to bowl simple spinners...their fast bowlers also did not live upto reputations...england too seem to be losing their key fast man chris broad and must develop their new fast bowlers and one must say that for india they should have had a third spinner seemed because pujara, sehwag and kohli failed there was no one willing to bat...pujara too seemed tobe a good batsman but has a weakness seemingly in running between teh wickets...needs to get fitter...india should give more say to their coach and think about a new captain who seems tobe just standing in...

Posted by unniunns on (December 9, 2012, 7:19 GMT)

if sachin has plans to retire now. If he announces retirement after the nagpur test, it will distract indias competitivenes as what happened to australia in perth.

Posted by Lmaotsetung on (December 9, 2012, 7:15 GMT)

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (December 06 2012, 00:01 AM GMT) - @phoenixsteve: I still DO NOT think England are in a winning position. This pitch is NOT Mumbai. I expect the Indian bowling to dismantle the England batting within 300 on this surface. Barring Cook and KP, the rest are walking wickets. If India can get rid of Cook and KP cheaply, the rest will collapse quicker than a house of cards. COME ON INDIA !!! Stick to statistics or economics instead of making predictions!!!

Posted by Chris_P on (December 9, 2012, 7:14 GMT)

Top effort by England. Great effort to comeback form the first test. Credit where it's due, guys. I really hope (although doubt it) all the so called "experts" who predicted a 4-0 whitewash & refused to acknowledge both England's chances & the fact their team is on the downward trend will post the appropriate comments.

Posted by Hammond on (December 9, 2012, 7:13 GMT)

Congrats to a dominant England side, and to Captain Cook who is easily looking like the best captain in the world at the moment. England are inexorably climbing to back number one where they belong.

Posted by   on (December 9, 2012, 7:09 GMT)

We were beaten comprehensively in Kolkata. Their batting, bowling both pace and spin and their fielding were all brilliant. Not scoring runs as stated by Dhoni is not a valid though obvious excuse. The Indian team seems to lack the spirit of defiance or unity or team work. Players seem to be playing as Individuals and not as a team with responsibilty. NO captain can take the blame for bowlers bowling loose balls to be hit or not to their field. Careless stokes, two absolutely careless runouts by Gambhir, failure to move their feet and get the pitch of the spinners and leave balls pitched outside the stumps by the pacemen are old follies. No one can justify senior and talented young cricketers to forget these fundamentals in batting. There is no need to respond to the public criticism and make wholesale changes to the team and allow young inexperienced players to be made sacrificial goats. More time on practice than extra curricular activities is urgently needed.

Posted by   on (December 9, 2012, 7:08 GMT)

Indian fans should know that a team who can't take 20 wickets can't win a test match. In previous history, their batting was over shadowing this inability but now many are out of form. Being a Pakistani, i am big fan of your batting heroes specially Dravid and Kohli but there should be substitutes available for every player. Dravid retired and to me, Kohli is not a test material. We also face this tough situation when Pakistan was on downfall but thanks to captaincy of the original Wall MISBAH UL HAQ, we gained consistency. Still a long away for us but BCCI needs to think of future of test cricket in India before its too late. Best of luck for last match. Hope you guys fire everything in your arsenal on the opposition and draw this series 2-2.

Posted by   on (December 9, 2012, 7:08 GMT)

The Indian team needs to look at their themselves and judge whether they really want to play test cricket or play the others forms. Dhoni's insisting on turners has backfired magnificently and has overrated the spinners he has. Gambhir ought to know that performing in ODI and IPL dont count at the test level. Ishant ought to know that a bowler who cant take wickets is not a bowler.Sachin and Zaheer have reputations that seem to be in tatters the way they are going - guys either do the job or history will only remember how they failed in the end.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (December 9, 2012, 7:05 GMT)

A remarkable victory by a very good test match team. The 'mother of cricket' showing just how it should be done in the oldest form of the sport. India need to take a long, hard look at themselves. There are too many problems in every aspect of Indian cricket which has hit a CRITICAL point. Some TOUGH decisions have to be taken by the BCCI and the selection committee if Indian cricket is too move ahead. Losing is not that bad IF the team can learn from the mistakes. England did that following Ahmedabad and look at the results ! Well played and hearty congratulations from an INDIAN supporter.

Posted by rajeshkapoor6 on (December 9, 2012, 7:04 GMT)

Being an Indian I finally admit that India should not be allowed to play test matches anymore until they clean up the house. We have a lot of big mouth players and that's all we have big mouth no actions. The way we are playing we probably loose to Afghanistan in a test match if there was one and forget about playing Bangla and Zimbabwe, they probably beat the pulp out of us!!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (December 9, 2012, 7:02 GMT)

England are already my winners here. Even if this series gets drawn, they have taught a lesson of bitter truth to the Indian team. India, you need to get rid of senior players now. I guess the test rankings are justified now. 1. South Africa 2. England 3. Australia 4. Pakistan. Good stuff England! make it 3-1 now!

Posted by coldcoffee123 on (December 9, 2012, 6:58 GMT)

I would bring Jaffer/Jadeja/Karthik/Amit and throw Gambhir/Yuvraj/dhoni/Zaheer out. This will automatically add 300-500 runs to Indian total. And Amit Sharma will tie down England batsmen and hopefully pick some wickets.

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