India v England, 4th Test, Nagpur, 5th day December 17, 2012

Cook savours 'a special tour'

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Alastair Cook left the presentation in Nagpur overladen with trophies after England completed their first series win in India for 28 years.

Not just one series trophy but two, plus individual recognition as man of the series, completed a perfect start to Cook's Test captaincy as he joined Douglas Jardine, David Gower and Tony Greig as the only England skippers to win a Test series in India.

Add his unofficial stint as Test captain in Bangladesh when he stood in for Andrew Strauss and he has already twice led England to victories in sub-continent conditions which have so often proved alien.

Cook even put the 2-1 series win alongside the accepted pinnacle for an England player - victory in the Ashes. "It is obviously a very special day, a special tour," he said. "I think it is on a par with the Ashes. As an Englishman winning in Australia after so long meant a huge amount. But to be in that that dressing room there for that last half an hour knowing what we had achieved was a very special place and it will live long in my memory."

England's celebrations were a world away from their misery in Ahmedabad less than a month ago when they were beaten by nine wickets in the opening Test, their frailties against spin again apparent.

Since then, Cook has taken particular pride in England's ability to silence their demons and to adapt to whatever conditions have been thrown at them. His own run tally of 562 in the series led the way set the example with the bat as England conquered India's spinners and they also unveiled two superior slow bowlers themselves in Monty Panesar and Graeme Swann.

"We have played on four very different wickets," he said. "We didn't handle the Ahmedabad wicket so well, but the other three wickets were all very different in sub-continent style. Everyone in this squad can be proud of what they achieved, especially the way we bounced back after the heavy defeat in Ahmedabad.

"I was surprised at the level we managed to achieve so soon after Ahmedabad to be honest with you. I was talking about playing to our potential but I was surprised we managed to do it straightaway and put all those doubts to bed and prove to ourselves that we could bat in these conditions."

Cook credited a sharply-turning pitch in Mumbai, as advocated by India's captain MS Dhoni, with jolting England into a response.

"After the first game in Ahmedabad it would have been so easy to let head drops, but we showed a lot of character in Mumbai," he said. "I think the fact it was a result wicket in Mumbai really helped us.

"It freed us up knowing that one way or another there would be a result and that people weren't expecting us to win. Once we got over that mental hurdle and were able to trust our ability on these wickets with the bat we certainly made a big leap forward."

But that recovery began earlier than Mumbai. It was Cook's defiant second-innings in the defeat in Ahmedabad that began to set the tone. "You want to prove that the captaincy is not a burden. To do it straight away is a big monkey of your back. It made me very proud that night when I went home after the game. If it gave other people confidence that is even more pleasing."

As the tour developed, Cook got the support he needed from senior players in the dressing room: Kevin Pietersen, the integrated version, looking content with life; Matt Prior, as big an influence on England as Adam Gilchrist once was on Australia; James Anderson, proving himself in India as a skilled practitioner on demoralising surfaces for fast bowling with old ball and new; and the ever-garrulous Swann, delighted to have a partner in crime in Panesar.

"They are big characters in the dressing room," Cook said. "The support they have given me, I couldn't have asked for anything more. To captain those guys can be tough in certain circumstances, but you want that, you want a lot of ideas and strong opinions because that is when you normally get the best thinking done."

Nagpur was the oddest test of all, a pitch that was strikingly slow and uneven at the start and which gradually became more docile, a perfect surface for an England side prepared to bat with discipline to avoid defeat and so win the series.

"We were slightly surprised by the pitch at the start, how low and slow it was," Cook said. "We thought it would get worse but actually it got better. We knew when we were batting in the second innings it was going to be very hard for India to take those wickets and if we applied ourselves with not too many soft dismissals it would be very hard to bowl us out."

England's authority on the final day was unshakeable as the Warwickshire pair of Jonathan Trott and Ian Bell took their fourth-wicket stand to 208 in 79 overs, both making hundreds, before the sides shook hands on a draw with England 352 for 4 and celebratory hugs broke out on the England balcony.

"I can't credit the batters enough for fronting up and taking on that challenge. Normally there are a few nerves on day like this but the calm way that Trotty and Belly batted was just fantastic. You can say it's a flat wicket but when you know you have to bat for 150 overs a series win seems a long way away."

This article was updated at 2.30pm on December 17, 2012 with additional media conference material

David Hopps is the UK editor of ESPNcricinfo

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  • JG2704 on December 20, 2012, 9:59 GMT

    fguy on (December 18 2012, 10:49 AM GMT) My point is that if CM isn't interested in test cricket - as he has indicated many times - why has he posted so much on this series?

    @edgie on (December 18 2012, 10:39 AM GMT) How has AB averaged as a batsman in tests when keeping wicket?

    @Ali_Chaudhary on (December 18 2012, 10:41 AM GMT) And Ajmal wasn't up to much the last time Pak toured England but does that have any bearing to what he's doing now? The marks are for this series alone - end of

    @ ravikb on (December 18 2012, 11:16 AM GMT) Swings and roundabouts. He scored what he scored with one or 2 going for him and a couple going against him so it's kind of levelled itself out don't you think?

  • AKS286 on December 19, 2012, 12:14 GMT

    @Mikey76 yes Oz team is struggling due to lots of shuffling of players. While current No1 team SA is having Kallis, amla, smith, AB, with duminy & Plesis & the most IMPORTANT match winner is AFRICAN DEADLY BARRAGE (steyn, morkel, philander, DE lange, tsotsobe). If ENG were played with positive attitude then SA face real challenge but due to the fear of AFRICAN DEADLY BARRAGE Poms prepared slow pitches. if same pitch were made in which IND played then there is real fight.

  • mikey76 on December 18, 2012, 16:33 GMT

    England possess at least 5 genuine world class players. (Cook, KP, Prior, Swann and Anderson) with Trott, Bell and Finn pushing hard. Australia have Clarke and Hussey. So I think the onus to find world class players sits firmly on Australia's shoulders. Eng have a nice tune up against NZ to iron out the final ashes XI. It's not looking good for Australia. Randy and Jonesy prepare your excuses...or just go AWOL like usual.

  • AKS286 on December 18, 2012, 11:57 GMT

    Hope this will publish ,my two comments are not published. so i'll not repeat my comments again. Well done Poms. but this series leaves a question in my mind is that what will be the future of monty if Eng will play in home, Oz, SA,Nz, WI. rotation policy or sit down until and unless eng tour to sub-continent. ROOT is young so he deserve a permanent place in Eng side if he fails in some matches does't matter be in the team.my some comments to indian fan many of you all written about the retirement of dravid & VVs, be positive fans look at the WI team still struggling since the retirement of clive llyod, Viv etc. atleast IND team is better than WI. ABout SRT he is waiting for Kallis retirement.

  • yorkshirematt on December 18, 2012, 11:41 GMT

    Funny how the nation of cricket lovers have suddenly lost interest. During the series I tried to bring up the subject in the local restaurant and shop but the indian owners apparently had no interest. No doubt when they beat a weakened england in a format we don't care about they'll be huge fans again

  • bee-eer on December 18, 2012, 11:40 GMT

    a very lacklustre display by india. I think the only way forward is to grab the bull by the horns and axe non performing superstars like sehwag tendulkar harbajan zaheer and dhoni in order to make room for promising youngsters

  • fguy on December 18, 2012, 10:49 GMT

    @JG2704 yes, because number of people commenting on a cricket website is a true representation or indication of number of people interested in the game. d'oh @Cpt.Meanster you're spot on. i'm quite an avid cricket fan but even i have been taking to DVR'ing test matches & watching them on fast forward. & i find my interest declining every day. i dont know anyone who watches even a bit of it. they all love t20 but dont have time/inclination even for odi's let alone 5 days of a test. at most they'll know the result. people commenting on here that test cricket is somehow better than odi/t20 & is the only one that requires skill - it just requires a DIFFERENT skill set. that doesnt make a format better or worse than the other. for eg - in that case handwritten letters require more or everything (patience/time/penmanship skills etc) so do the denouncers of odi/t20 just stick to that or do they use email? after all its vulgar isnt it - it's so fast, there's no skill involved in that either

  • Hammond on December 18, 2012, 9:45 GMT

    @gsingh7- too late mate, the horse has already bolts, the real game already won. The coach along with most of the A team is leaving. Let's hope India can handle up and coming English prospects, that is all England can spare for a worthless odi and 20/20 pantomime.

  • recycle-bin-is-empty on December 18, 2012, 9:31 GMT

    Alistair Cook, you are a magnificent player and though time will tell how you fare as a captain, but you surely know how to lead by an example as a captain. I hope you will keep your form for years to come and will keep cooking the opposition bowlers, just not against India again :P. You have won a lot of hearts in India with your humbleness. Wish you all the best ahead.

  • gsingh7 on December 18, 2012, 9:12 GMT

    team blue should leave this boring series behind and should put these englishmen in their place in odi's and show them who are world cup winners and will be till 2015 , come on team blue , 1.2 billion hearts bleed blue

  • JG2704 on December 20, 2012, 9:59 GMT

    fguy on (December 18 2012, 10:49 AM GMT) My point is that if CM isn't interested in test cricket - as he has indicated many times - why has he posted so much on this series?

    @edgie on (December 18 2012, 10:39 AM GMT) How has AB averaged as a batsman in tests when keeping wicket?

    @Ali_Chaudhary on (December 18 2012, 10:41 AM GMT) And Ajmal wasn't up to much the last time Pak toured England but does that have any bearing to what he's doing now? The marks are for this series alone - end of

    @ ravikb on (December 18 2012, 11:16 AM GMT) Swings and roundabouts. He scored what he scored with one or 2 going for him and a couple going against him so it's kind of levelled itself out don't you think?

  • AKS286 on December 19, 2012, 12:14 GMT

    @Mikey76 yes Oz team is struggling due to lots of shuffling of players. While current No1 team SA is having Kallis, amla, smith, AB, with duminy & Plesis & the most IMPORTANT match winner is AFRICAN DEADLY BARRAGE (steyn, morkel, philander, DE lange, tsotsobe). If ENG were played with positive attitude then SA face real challenge but due to the fear of AFRICAN DEADLY BARRAGE Poms prepared slow pitches. if same pitch were made in which IND played then there is real fight.

  • mikey76 on December 18, 2012, 16:33 GMT

    England possess at least 5 genuine world class players. (Cook, KP, Prior, Swann and Anderson) with Trott, Bell and Finn pushing hard. Australia have Clarke and Hussey. So I think the onus to find world class players sits firmly on Australia's shoulders. Eng have a nice tune up against NZ to iron out the final ashes XI. It's not looking good for Australia. Randy and Jonesy prepare your excuses...or just go AWOL like usual.

  • AKS286 on December 18, 2012, 11:57 GMT

    Hope this will publish ,my two comments are not published. so i'll not repeat my comments again. Well done Poms. but this series leaves a question in my mind is that what will be the future of monty if Eng will play in home, Oz, SA,Nz, WI. rotation policy or sit down until and unless eng tour to sub-continent. ROOT is young so he deserve a permanent place in Eng side if he fails in some matches does't matter be in the team.my some comments to indian fan many of you all written about the retirement of dravid & VVs, be positive fans look at the WI team still struggling since the retirement of clive llyod, Viv etc. atleast IND team is better than WI. ABout SRT he is waiting for Kallis retirement.

  • yorkshirematt on December 18, 2012, 11:41 GMT

    Funny how the nation of cricket lovers have suddenly lost interest. During the series I tried to bring up the subject in the local restaurant and shop but the indian owners apparently had no interest. No doubt when they beat a weakened england in a format we don't care about they'll be huge fans again

  • bee-eer on December 18, 2012, 11:40 GMT

    a very lacklustre display by india. I think the only way forward is to grab the bull by the horns and axe non performing superstars like sehwag tendulkar harbajan zaheer and dhoni in order to make room for promising youngsters

  • fguy on December 18, 2012, 10:49 GMT

    @JG2704 yes, because number of people commenting on a cricket website is a true representation or indication of number of people interested in the game. d'oh @Cpt.Meanster you're spot on. i'm quite an avid cricket fan but even i have been taking to DVR'ing test matches & watching them on fast forward. & i find my interest declining every day. i dont know anyone who watches even a bit of it. they all love t20 but dont have time/inclination even for odi's let alone 5 days of a test. at most they'll know the result. people commenting on here that test cricket is somehow better than odi/t20 & is the only one that requires skill - it just requires a DIFFERENT skill set. that doesnt make a format better or worse than the other. for eg - in that case handwritten letters require more or everything (patience/time/penmanship skills etc) so do the denouncers of odi/t20 just stick to that or do they use email? after all its vulgar isnt it - it's so fast, there's no skill involved in that either

  • Hammond on December 18, 2012, 9:45 GMT

    @gsingh7- too late mate, the horse has already bolts, the real game already won. The coach along with most of the A team is leaving. Let's hope India can handle up and coming English prospects, that is all England can spare for a worthless odi and 20/20 pantomime.

  • recycle-bin-is-empty on December 18, 2012, 9:31 GMT

    Alistair Cook, you are a magnificent player and though time will tell how you fare as a captain, but you surely know how to lead by an example as a captain. I hope you will keep your form for years to come and will keep cooking the opposition bowlers, just not against India again :P. You have won a lot of hearts in India with your humbleness. Wish you all the best ahead.

  • gsingh7 on December 18, 2012, 9:12 GMT

    team blue should leave this boring series behind and should put these englishmen in their place in odi's and show them who are world cup winners and will be till 2015 , come on team blue , 1.2 billion hearts bleed blue

  • JG2704 on December 18, 2012, 8:27 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster on (December 17 2012, 23:18 PM GMT) Many comments from those who don't like test cricket on these threads

    @jmcilhinney on (December 18 2012, 05:40 AM GMT) We can't deny that this is probably one of the poorest Indian sides in recent years but Laxman and Dravid had retired before this series started and I'm sure you'll find some of those using that as an excuse were ones that were doing the 4-0 thrashing predictions,

    @sachin_vvsfan on (December 18 2012, 06:35 AM GMT) TBH , I'd say neither Laxman or Dravid would have let you down if they were at their peak. Laxman/Dravid (Laxman in Eng too) didn't let you down in Oz because of lack of commitment. The simple fact is they no longer had it. The end of the road comes to us all otherwise you'd be bringing back Kumle , Kapil Dev , Sunil etc

  • sachin_vvsfan on December 18, 2012, 6:35 GMT

    @jmcilhinney You have a point but laxman wouldnt have let us down at home. Has the hunger to perform in test cricket. He was forced to retire with an option of farewell series but he rejected. But then there are no alternatives. Bravo selectors

  • VivtheGreatest on December 18, 2012, 6:09 GMT

    Congrats to England for a historic victory here. I really didnt expect them to adapt to such alien conditions so well. As well as Cook, Pietersen, Trott, Swann and Panesar played I think Anderson and Finn made the difference. Any pace bowler who performs in the subcontinent deserves the highest praise. As for India, a really mediocre performance. I really hope for the sake of Indian cricket that youngsters are brought in and some of these complacent, overhyped so called "superstars", who have achieved hardly anything in International cricket are dropped.

  • Solid_Snake on December 18, 2012, 5:57 GMT

    Hey Indian brothers..Dont worry..We (Pakistan) coming there on a visit.We'll lose the series dont worry...cheers :P

  • ian45 on December 18, 2012, 5:53 GMT

    glad you enjoyed it alistair, after the thrashing we (South Africa) gave you in your own back yard I guess you were under pressure to do something LOL

  • on December 18, 2012, 5:43 GMT

    It was great Success for England after miserable series against Pakistan in Dubai by Losing 3-0 England has proved that they can play at any condition.. Congrats to English Side

  • Femali on December 18, 2012, 5:43 GMT

    CONGRATS TO ENG, Indian fans be struck with a new excuse called TRANSITION LMAO before the series all fans were shrieking whitewash to england then they were not conscious of TRANSITION? forget about fans there so called legend players were crying let england come to India,,,,

  • jmcilhinney on December 18, 2012, 5:40 GMT

    I see a lot of Indian fans saying that the retirements of Dravid and Laxman have hurt the team. It's true that Dravid and Laxman at their best would have made this team stronger, but let's not forget why they retired in the first place. Not so much Dravid but there were plenty of people calling for Laxman's retirement before he went, so you can't really complain now that he's gone that he would have made all the difference. There are people now calling for the retirements of Tendulkar and Sehwag. If that happens and the team lose again then no doubt there will be those who say that their retirements hurt the team. While it's sad to say, I do think that it's time for Tendulkar to go. I do think that Sehwag can still contribute though, although I really think he would be better down the order, which he himself seems to agree with. He was never an opener because, as good as a flying start can be, he is not the type to dig in when the going gets tough.

  • csowmi7 on December 18, 2012, 5:24 GMT

    This was bound to happen. We have been poor ever since we won the world cup. Forget England there were signs against West Indies and New Zealand. Despite winning those series at home there were many occasions where our batting crumbled and even Jeetan Patel was made to look world class. Our batting stalwarts have gone well beyond their prime and the retirement of Laxman and Dravid have added to our woes. Our team is going through transition and players like pujara kohli ashwin and ojha have the ability to make this team even better than the team which was number one in test cricket 2 years ago. But kudos to England for an excellent performance. We must swallow our pride and accept that this England team is better than the current Indian team. Only if we accept our mistakes can we become a better team in test cricket.

  • indiasupbangalore on December 18, 2012, 5:08 GMT

    England solely won on the fact becasue indian team is in transition, otherwise the english is so ordinary, cook and anderson are the only two note worthy players they have. Hard luck india, let us make the changes required and fight back against the aussies, I am pretty sure in couple of years indian test cricket will bounce back, until then let the poor english bask in their so called glory.

  • orangtan on December 18, 2012, 5:01 GMT

    Yes, Tendulkar, Sehwag and indeed Gambhir should retire, but there is no bench at all, forget bench stregth. Indian cricket is already plummeting and the landing is going to be very hard, perhaps some dead cat bounces through sporadic success in T20s. Even in that egregious form of the game, India can't cut the mustard despite ( because of ??) 5 years of IPL. Surely, the Indian public must rise en masse and throw out the IPL, but then it's not about cricket is it?

  • on December 18, 2012, 4:54 GMT

    congratz to the english team! wonderful comeback! and a wonderful series victory!. The indians were good in patches, their only issue is their bowling, and when that is sorted out ,they will be back with a boom! congratz again to the english team and looking forward for the t20s and ODIs. india against Paksitan and england!

  • jmcilhinney on December 18, 2012, 3:11 GMT

    @ProdigyA on (December 17 2012, 14:17 PM GMT), you didn't see the most recent Asia Cup then?

  • pradave17 on December 18, 2012, 2:51 GMT

    Yes indeed a good tour for England as well as the fresh captaincy of Cook. But on the other hand, England must be careful of their development continuously. Because, this Indian team is a very poor one which depends on their old stars. A half of the team consists with this oldies who can not make a good contribution. A half century would be enough for them to survive for another 10 or 15 matches. So, England must pay the attention to next Ashes and try to show a better challenge for strong Aussies.

  • Al_Bundy1 on December 18, 2012, 2:39 GMT

    Congratulations to the English team!! They really earned this series win. Off course they were helped by our senior batsmen (Tendulkar and Sehwag) and our toothless bowlers like Ishant Sharma, Ashwin, and Ojha. Not to mention the spineless BCCI that won't drop Selfishkar. There's no shortage of young batsmen and bowlers in India. Youngsters like Shami Ahmed, Sandeep Sharma, Awana, Samad Fallah, etc can be the next Wasim and Waqar.

  • challagalla on December 18, 2012, 1:43 GMT

    Special day and special tour for the Englishmen. Awful tour for the Indian fan like me. Don't these English read the script. They were supposed to be bamboozled by our spinners, wilt under the heat and get laid up with Delhi belly. Somewhere in the first test they rediscovered their character and determination and decided to spoil our party plans.

  • on December 18, 2012, 1:26 GMT

    Sachin n all old indian cricketers should retire for the bright indian future

  • 2.14istherunrate on December 18, 2012, 1:02 GMT

    The good this that it was hard to know whether we were about to go into freefall and now we know .

  • on December 18, 2012, 0:57 GMT

    While the Indian team and BCCI have many issues..there were some lucky breaks for England from umpiring or Indian fielding..Pujara dropping Cook was crucial.. I also feel England have some problems....which they have not fully overcome.. Leave out Cook's contributions and to some extent Pietersen, the rest of the batsmen did not fare all that well majority of the time...I think the Indian think tank should have come up with some plan to get Cook's wicket early....That may have made a difference in the final outcome..

  • Silverbails on December 18, 2012, 0:49 GMT

    I've NO interest in the pathetic money-spinning T20 series and ODI's that India now ONLY seems to care for!! They showed a pure gutless attitude towards the Tests, and only had a slight fight on Days 4 and 5 of the final Test in Nagpur, when the result was NOT really in ANY DOUBT whatsoever...how truly sad, and pathetic!!

  • Htc-Android on December 17, 2012, 23:37 GMT

    I advise england team to take rest and send their U19 team for the ODI series. England does not need to send their national to beat minnows like indian team.

  • Cpt.Meanster on December 17, 2012, 23:18 GMT

    @Balaji Kumar: Seriously, man you for real ? I know test cricket is the 'oldest' format of cricket but that doesn't make it any superior to other formats. If that's the case then the ICC would ban both ODIs and T20s. Then, I will TRY to 'like' boring test cricket. It's a fact sir. Please open your eyes.. it's all around you in India. Nobody likes test cricket. Even the kids in the stands throughout the series were there cause of the free tickets issued by the state association. Nobody even thinks about test cricket. Talk has already begun to prepare for the upcoming Pakistan ODI and T20 series. So who cares ? I do have respect towards test cricket but some people cannot preach to me it's the only greatest format cause it's not. It's only ONE format out of 3. It's like 3 children in a family. Ask the mother which kid she loves the most ? The answer will and should be - ALL.

  • Lmaotsetung on December 17, 2012, 22:55 GMT

    So...Lions > Tigers? I always thought that was the case. Lions hunt in pack while tigers are solitary animals..enuff said! :P

  • RednWhiteArmy on December 17, 2012, 22:51 GMT

    This is better than the ashes win because India at least put up a fight and didnt get beaten by an innings 3 times, like the aussies did.

  • StatisticsRocks on December 17, 2012, 22:47 GMT

    Congratulations to ENG on a well deserved victory. We were completely out classed in every department of the game by ENG. No shame in accepting and losing to a way better team. Look at Englands work ethics, their fitness, their commitment, their dedication and more importantly their attitude. As an Indian I am really embarassed by the behaviour of MSD and Kohli with respect to non-dismissal of Trott. Cook was wrongly given out twice in this test match, but he showed no contempt. This is only way we could have gotten Cook, who to me is a gr8 batsmen with so many years ahead fo him. hatss off Mr. Cook, We really need to learn to be humble, and change our work ethics and MSD pl give credit where it is due. You said you think ENG deserved to win, No Mr. MSD We Indians know for sure ENG deserved to win. Absolute pathetic bowling by Indians and to add to that, no one batsmen was willing to stay at the crease except for one or two instances of Pujara. We needed this shallacking.

  • Malret on December 17, 2012, 22:39 GMT

    This series drubbing, i mean common it was not even close, is a blessing for India as they have no option but to make some changes. Srinivasan needs some explaining to do as to why such a sub par group of performers were put together in a test side. Politics is such a big factor in the Indian selection and it was proved this time. We now have a captain who finds solace in the fact that we have seen even worse times. The axe should fall on Dhoni, Sachin for sure. Gambhir can be given one more series to prove he still knows how to play. Rahane should be brought in with immediate effect. Tiwary should be given a chance. Enough of this nonsense.

  • Richie_P on December 17, 2012, 22:31 GMT

    Well done Cooky, legend. How great it is having an opening batsman/captain leading from the front....confidence filters down through the team right through to the bowlers. It wil be a tough tour to NZ then an easier tewo test series at home against NZ and Oz in 2013

  • Sanj747 on December 17, 2012, 22:25 GMT

    Great win for England. Captain leading from the front. Well deserved. The team should be proud and enjoy this great achievement.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on December 17, 2012, 22:20 GMT

    @JG2704, I also have found Balaji Kumar to be a true cricket fan and one who gives honest assessments of India's performance. Which is a much better than certain aussie fans whose motivation revolves around jealousy for England's success, and bitter about the fact that England have been better than Australia for so long now. Balaji is a name to watch for good and honest comments round here.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on December 17, 2012, 21:47 GMT

    @handyandy6666uk, I wouldn't worry about him, he's 'money for ol' rope' round here. The interesting thing about jonesy2 is the consistency in firing off massively optimistic things about Australia no matter how tragic a state they are in, whilst focusing conversely on criticizing England (to put it eloquently). Look pitifully at the motive though, Australia Had a team comprising a core group of great players that kept them top for a long time. The fact that not only is that all long gone and it has been so many years since Australia were better than England at cricket, must hurt deeply. One can only conclude that to bask in England's dominance over Australia and their current form both home and abroad is the most pleasant way to approach it.

  • hhillbumper on December 17, 2012, 21:10 GMT

    I love Joneseys posts.No matter how well England do he will always be in there having a pop. As a team which has devloped a new game of ten a side cricket with one in the Pavillion injured we wait to see what happens. What happens when we play a full strength team against your top order of Hughes and Warner. Must be fun being the Aussie no 3. i mean what is the definition of an Aussie opening partnership? hopeful

  • Chris_P on December 17, 2012, 21:07 GMT

    @Bramblefly. jonesy doesn't speak for the rest of us. And if you knew Aussies, you know we don't fear anyone, That aside, a great effort from the Poms, You really rubbed their noses in it, & after suffering all the jibes about spin bowling & "wait till you get here" comments, an excellent retort. You guys might have improved from Pakistan, but the Indian spinners don't hold a candle to Swann, Panesar, Ajmal & co. Their lack of respect to your team was clearly evident, preparing the pitches to their liking & waiting for your mob to follow the script. Too bad they didn't send the script to England! Enthralling series to follow & watch (night shift here).

  • Chris_P on December 17, 2012, 20:59 GMT

    jonesy, do us a favour, grab Front-foot-lunge's, gupta ankur, bengal tiger, (& a few more Indians like them), tommysaffa's emails & keep the correspondence between yourselves. That way, we will ALL benefit.

  • on December 17, 2012, 20:49 GMT

    Great cricket by the Englishmen, I think the next tour for the visiting OZ's will be a real hard one as they don't have quality spinners in the team..A little sad to see BBCI sticking to the their policy of "One trick pony" Making rank turners won't make them the best team in the world. A pitch which has something for everyone would be an ideal contest between bat & ball..!!

  • Quddus-Mamu on December 17, 2012, 20:46 GMT

    Congratulations captain cook

  • on December 17, 2012, 20:23 GMT

    Well done England,met a young indian cricketer in Townsville he said to me we beat you twice,well now we have beat you twice,but you did win final in Townsville.

  • on December 17, 2012, 20:20 GMT

    Indian team please wake up and retrospect .you people are hope of millions of your country mate. Come out of self denial .

  • NAZMO-CRICKFANN on December 17, 2012, 19:49 GMT

    everytime i hear the word india ... i crack up with laughter

  • fguy on December 17, 2012, 19:44 GMT

    congrats to ICC XI. well played & you deserved to win. i'm glad we lost. test cricket interest in india is already on deathbed & this & few more performances like this will kill it completely & eng, sa & aus can enjoy playing among themselves. esp since eng & aus seem to be happier in their old boys club & dont like the upstart coming & spoiling their party. but their problem is that its not the no 1 sport in their countries & once the older generations pass on interest is going to die down there too. meanwhile test cricket in india will go the way of hockey & they'll focus on odi/t20. money's directed for tests will soon dry up without india's huge fan base & tests will die after that. maybe india will go down the USA route & the domestic setup will overtake the internationals (signs are there already with ipl being more popular than tests). besides who has time for a (possibly) 30 hour game which can often end in draw.

  • Dhanno on December 17, 2012, 19:43 GMT

    Cook, this was good, but dont equate it to Ashes, even as neutral we followed Ashes with lot more anticipation. I predicted this series to be 2-1 even before Motera, believing in your abilities and also knowing how pathetic india's performance will be once series goes on. 2 years down the line: India will be thumped in Test series by all major countries, once again! Then out with all the excuses the line BCCI will tout is " T20/ODIs are real entertainment, paying public comes to watch that, so why should we care about Test". Then likes of Kohli/Gambhir/ Sharmas will join that "we entertain, ppl come to relax". Fear for the likes of Gsingh, cause once BCCI/ players say it, million indian fans will harp the same tune. This is country where mediocrity is rewarded under guise of entertainment (e.g. bollywood), once Test cricket is completely beyond our means we will use the same old lines of entertainment/ need relaxation/ ball a thrill and excuse ourselves completely.

    Make a note.

  • Pacelover on December 17, 2012, 19:40 GMT

    I never thought i would be saying this after the Pakistan series but it could be in Englands interests to prepare big turning wickets against Australia. Given that Broad and Bresnan are in horrible form i would prefer Panesar playing over either of them so the wickets should be tailor made to suit such an attack.

    Nathan Lyon is a halfway decent spinner but I don't see where australia are going to find a test standard second spinner from.

  • on December 17, 2012, 19:21 GMT

    A good series on the whole, India winning the first and England bouncing back to thrash them in their backyard. But, if you remember that on the last day of the first test, England had the lead of 10 runs with COOK n PRIOR in the middle of a marathon partnership and if they could have stayed for another hour or so on the crease it would have ended up as a draw. Cook n prior were marvelous in that inning as well, and that was the turning point for the series. The only let down in the series was the absence of UDRS, and that was due to the stubbornness of BCCI n MSD, the right decisions would have made it a memorable series, the DRS brings the rightfulness in game and if BCCI head thinks it demotes the Umpires stature, this just dont go with the image of a respectable person, if he is one, if it was up to him, the third umpire ruling in the run outs would never be implemented, please get rid of these narrow minded people, they are blotting the beauty of this game.............

  • Crunchtime1 on December 17, 2012, 18:30 GMT

    WOOO keep going captain cook. A great already and a legend in the making!

  • Nadeem1976 on December 17, 2012, 18:22 GMT

    great job england. keep it up.

  • 2.14istherunrate on December 17, 2012, 17:50 GMT

    I am looking forward to the ODI's when we shall hopefully repeat the dosage to India.

  • rustyryan on December 17, 2012, 17:47 GMT

    Congrats England team and Cook.

  • on December 17, 2012, 17:47 GMT

    jonesy2. Obviously an aussie. Lets just let the cricket do the talking next summer. Cook, Pietersen, Trott, Bell, Anderson, Swann, Paneser. Not to mention Root on his debut. And what about the best wicketkeeper/batsman Prior. All rubbish aren't they??!!!!

  • NairUSA on December 17, 2012, 17:41 GMT

    Hope this gets published. It is clear that the established Indian players want only the fame and money that comes with cricket in India. They are not interested to put in the extra hard work to become world class pros. After millions of dollars in IPL, thousands more in 'pace bowling' foundations and regular domestic circuit championships, BCCI could come up with only one 'down and out' medium pacer and 3 spinners who forgot how to spin the ball for the last test. Shameless!

  • handyandy6666uk on December 17, 2012, 17:38 GMT

    @ jonesy2...i am going to keep a close eye on your trip to india and how well or poorly they do...watched your posts for quite a while as regards the australiain team..either your always the optimist or delusional..just remind me who holds the ashes?

  • JG2704 on December 17, 2012, 17:30 GMT

    @Balaji Kumar - Have enjoyed reading your honest assessments on this series where so many of your cheerleaders are either recycling their junk like there's no tomorrow or have hidden away somewhere. I hope that more fans like yourself , Candid Indian and Sandy Bangalore continue to post on these threads. Also I would like to apologise in advance if I offend any true Indian fan with any of my comments

  • no_second_chance_for_batsman on December 17, 2012, 17:27 GMT

    Congrats to Cook & England team...Truly deserved it ! Thanks to Dhoni & other politics, India missed VVS... Mr. Dhoni, what goes around, comes around. Cheers, kumar

  • kk_k163 on December 17, 2012, 17:25 GMT

    Congratulations to England Cricket team !!!

  • bumsonseats on December 17, 2012, 17:25 GMT

    until the indian support and the bcci accept this the sooner they can start their long way back to well been 3th/4th spot. some say england were well beaten in the 1st test,but as england if you remember england never had not the chance to play on any wickets similar, to the test. funnier still we never had a spinner bowl against us either. i hope the ecb dont go down that road when india next tour england.

  • JG2704 on December 17, 2012, 17:20 GMT

    @Front-Foot-Lunge on (December 17 2012, 11:14 AM GMT) I'm also pleased that Cook had an amazing tournament but your comments re umpiring are embarrassing. There have been wrong decisions for both sides (some marginal/some woeful) and Cook being given not out in the 2nd test was probably a turning point in the series and his score would have been 100+ lighter in that match and he may not have had the confidence to go on and do what he's done throughout the series

  • AKS286 on December 17, 2012, 17:19 GMT

    yes ENG deserve to be Rank 2 even rank one also if SA batting failed because ENG can beat SA only with the batting side, there is no room to beat SA in Bowling. same positive attitude will help POMS to win if they prepared fast pitches in ENG but due to the fear of AFRICAN DEADLY BARRAGE (STEYN, MORKEL, Philander, de lange, tsotsobe) they prepared slow pitches but for African Deadly Barrage ANY PITCH ANY WHERE they will destroyed any fortress. but well played ENG lots of Congrats. one question is leaving by POMS is that what will be the future of Monty when they play in home ground?

  • bumsonseats on December 17, 2012, 17:14 GMT

    on sky we were told the indian commentary team were not allow to mentioned the DRS during the game i thought the days had changed when a board could do that, or ex cricketers doing it that way. funny what money does can do to you.

  • Shan156 on December 17, 2012, 17:10 GMT

    @AB99, dream on. No way on earth that Aussie is going to beat India. Lyon is a mediocre spinner and anyway, you need one more spinner in India. Who is it going to be? Beer? Doherty?:-) ROTFL. Better fast bowlers? No Aussie bowler is as good as Anderson and Finn. And their batting is carried by just 2 excellent ones - Clarke and Hussey. ok, Watson can bat too. But, the rest will be swallowed by India's spin twins. With England winning 2-1, it will be added pressure for Australia to win at least by that margin or better. India, despite being in a decline, will still be too much for Australia in India.

    @jonesy2, wait for your turn to get hammered mate. You are coming next summer and we will hammer you like we did the last two times. It is sad that you won't bring that free wicket (Ricky Ponting) with you but we will gladly take Warner, Hughes, Cowan, and Wade. And, can't wait for our batsmen to feast off that so-called spinner of yours:-)

  • on December 17, 2012, 17:09 GMT

    Congratulations Mr Cook You have brought the braggart team to their knees after the cock a hoop win in Ahmedabad You have done Indian cricket a good turn as we see the BCCI,the selectors and the senior players thinking hard on their next course of action as the viewing public scrutinize them closely Thanks again

  • bumsonseats on December 17, 2012, 17:08 GMT

    joneys2 i only hope you get the same treatment that they managed to give us. i would like a little bet with you on your teams journey into the ( get back at all opposition that beat us 4 - 0) if so look out for your supper spinner lyon.

  • Aaryabhatta on December 17, 2012, 17:08 GMT

    Well played cook..good lesson for us

  • Shan156 on December 17, 2012, 17:03 GMT

    @Balaji Kumar, good post my friend. I have always requested camaraderie among fans and to treat the sport as just a sport. Good natured banter is always good and, trust me, when I say that I really enjoy some of our Aussie friends (jonesy2, RandyOZ) messages because they are hilarious. But, some fans, and even players, called this a 'revenge' series and added unnecessary hype to what is just a game of bat and ball between two good sides. Of course, some from our camp added flare as well. A player like Glenn McGrath could 'predict' because he can back it up with his bowling (even he got it wrong sometimes, famously, the 2005 Ashes). However, when a budding test player like Kohli and a failed one like Raina talk big, they should think if they have the ability to back it up. Anyway, it is just a sport and we are glad that we beat India in India after 28 years. It is huge for us. But, India beat us in England in 2007 too. We will continue to beat each other and have fun:-)

  • on December 17, 2012, 17:00 GMT

    Congrats to England team , they have a grand Chritsmas gift as Monty had predicted .Cook for me is the main factor of this 2-1 win . Well for India many issues but they better find another kumble first to atleast hope for taking 20 wickets atleast in "home conditions"

  • BravoBravo on December 17, 2012, 16:59 GMT

    What ENG is celebrating so much about. They just beat the mediocre and most white-washed team in history of cricket. Beating IND and NZ is just a joke. They are minnows even after 80 years of their history in cricket. In case of IND, hype and false propaganda, and ignorant fans will take you so far. After outting 4 teams in T20 championship, they failed to win. PAK visit will put some balm on IND bleeding wounds.

  • JustIPL on December 17, 2012, 16:58 GMT

    It would be really foolish to think like that. Apart from certain type of wickets that were laid for this series, India were simply a pushovers. England could not prove themselves against stronger bowling / batting units. Had India been the side of yesteryears then it was correct to read too much into this win. On the other hand India should feature in regular test cricket with sub-continent teams at least otherwise their sub-continent graph will decline further as top class teams have learnt the indian atmosphere and will be difficult to tacke.

  • getsetgopk on December 17, 2012, 16:58 GMT

    Namashkar India! hahahhahahaha, you did it, attaboy, well another whitewash was on the cards if it wasn't for some well doctored pitches but 2-1 will do for now. The revenge series has turned into mourning. Whats the latest excuse then, im thinking Sehwags next one will be 'we dont care test cricket as we have already won IPL'. Thank you england for exposing the so called greatest batting line up after bradman. Sehwag, Tendulkar, Ghambir, Dhoni all useless, cant play spin cant play swing, safe to say, cant play cricket. And their bowlers especially Ashwin, what happened to his mystery delivery, shall remain a mystery till domes-day.

  • bumsonseats on December 17, 2012, 16:56 GMT

    with neutral umpires these days even the aussies might win in india. in the past. how can i say this so it gets posted. indian umpires were not alway shy in giving visitors the out decision whether they were out or not.

  • Jaffa79 on December 17, 2012, 16:56 GMT

    Even bitter jealous Aussies like Jonesy2 struggle to know what to say as England prove yet again what a resourceful, resilient, team of champions they really are. It must be hard to see your old rivals be so dominant especially as Australia are a team with one class player, a keeper who can't catch, a spinner who doesn't turn it and a bunch of broken down medium pacers. Ashes will be England's for the next 10 years minimum.

  • on December 17, 2012, 16:55 GMT

    India needs to 1. Stop cribbing about the grounds and pitches 2. Accept that with the retirement of Dravid and laxman the middle order is week 3. Accept that it has a club level bowling attack 4. Consider that off late MSD has lost his captaincy skill in tests 5. Bear in mind that England is a much better side than India 6. Stop Inviting Foreign Players to IPL and make them used to the conditions (doubt this will happen) 7. Chill!!!

  • HumungousFungus on December 17, 2012, 16:37 GMT

    An excellent win for England in alien conditions. The difference between the tours of Pakistan and Sri Lanka versus this tour of India is twofold as I see it: Firstly, in this series some of England's batsmen fired consistently, and secondly, India did not have the bowlers or the fielding to take full advantage of the favourable conditions. For those seeking to hang India's batsmen for their failure in this series, a note of caution: This England team has a bowling attack of greater quality than all except SA, and greater depth than any. In the 9 sub-continent Tests that England have played in the last year, they have only conceded over 400 once, have only conceded over 300 seven times, and have taken 10 wickets in an innings 13 times out of 17 innings. Batting against them is not easy, as they dry up runs, and have people who can take advantage of anything available in the conditions. Cook may get the plaudits, but Anderson, Swann, and Panesar were the difference.

  • on December 17, 2012, 16:30 GMT

    @jonesy2..even though as an indian fan i m not happy for india's loss but i m equally offended when u termed this English side as POOR,u need to watch cricket carefully

  • Yuvraj10 on December 17, 2012, 16:26 GMT

    Good time to hammer India. BCCI did no planning and this was forthcoming.BCCI landlords continue in denial mode as India is getting hammerred. With the worst bowling attack in the world and millionaire batsmen making penny runs - time is good for visiting teams. Lets welcome Pakistan team and hope we get thrashed again at least in T20. T20 is another area where overhaul is required for India - although in ODIs India still is an ok team.

  • TheFridge31 on December 17, 2012, 16:17 GMT

    @ Jonesy ,' a poor england side beat the worst test playing nation. england better hope they suddenly find 9 or 10 world class cricketers before the ashes if they wish to avoid humiliation'

    Haha , dream on mate , isn't this what India fans were saying , plus it sounds like you're talking about the Aus team there , next year you better pray Clarke and Hussey keep up their form because you will get flogged 3/4-0 otherwise.

    You're top 4 are laughable as is you're spinner and if you think Watson ,Hifenhaus, Siddle and a youngster are going to bowl England out you are in dream world.

  • rajattiwaari on December 17, 2012, 16:13 GMT

    Congrats to captain cook, to ENG team and ENG fans. You deserved to win,very well played.

  • TheFridge31 on December 17, 2012, 16:12 GMT

    Congratulations on you're 4-0 win India , you out played us every mat............ wait a sec ............. ;)

  • on December 17, 2012, 16:08 GMT

    There's nothing extraordinary about beating minnows India. The 3 best Cricket teams in World Cricket right now are South Africa, England and Australia.

  • crzcric on December 17, 2012, 16:07 GMT

    Well done England!!!!!you guys deserved it.well played cook.lot of indians expect 4-0 win for india. i wonder where are they.nw they dreaming 5-0 win odi. very funny huh??? their team team mates and fans think other teams have muppets. keep dreaming indians.when will you gonna learn to respect other teams. your team and fans deserve it. hoping Eng will win odis and t20 as well. cheers!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Narbavi on December 17, 2012, 16:03 GMT

    @joseyesu: We are not srilanka to lose to bangladesh in tests and odi's

  • MIKALE on December 17, 2012, 16:03 GMT

    @GerrardLK This is a reversal of performance. England are playing like former india and India are playing like former england (on beating a dead dog again and again).

  • Narbavi on December 17, 2012, 16:01 GMT

    @GerrardLK: haven't won in 28 years, that shows us that england have been minnows too as per your logic

  • Vijayac on December 17, 2012, 15:52 GMT

    This England side outplayed India period. Jimmy Anderson was menacing every time he came to bowl in Mumbai, Calcutta and in Nagpur. Monty bowled with pin point accuracy and spun sharply and Swann as usual kept working on classic flighted offspin and good solid turn. One look at an over by a Piyush Chawla and you'd know what the exact opposite of commitment is. The difference was less stark in batting although the team could not afford Sehwag, Ghambhir and Tendulkar and Kohli being off colour for most of the tour. Yuvraj Singh again showed why he totally lacks in the discipline needed for top flight test cricket. In summary, a hard woking ,committed, persevering and discplined team thrashed one that was intoxicated by the cheap thrills of limited overs cricket and turned up relying on local knowledge (MS Dhoni and Kohli showed that it was possible over 2 sessions in Nagpur but it was not enough to match the commitment of a focussed outfit!)

  • Dirk_L on December 17, 2012, 15:46 GMT

    Well, this entrenches England as #2 till August next year, even if Australia manage to whitewash Sri Lanka. What does Ladbrokes offer on England being #1 again by then? All it takes is for the #4 or #8 side to do away what #2 and #3 couldn't manage to do at home.

  • 777aditya on December 17, 2012, 15:38 GMT

    Both captains are overreacting. Dhoni is in denial and Cook is euphoric. Who is Cook trying to please by comparing the current Indian side to the never say die Australians?!

  • bhrangi on December 17, 2012, 15:10 GMT

    Congratulations England.,, Well deserved for Cook.,, No change is gonna happen in India same thing, some retired players will provide some comment which BCCI wont even consider. Kids will watch their IPL matches and forget about this loss. Most probably will do well in Pak series and suddenly Kohli will appear in all sunscreen ads. Again Australia will come and humiliate the India again after that IPL,BCCI will be busy in shares of profit. Test cricket is dead in India. Angry Indian fan.

  • CandidIndian on December 17, 2012, 15:10 GMT

    Many congratulations to Eng fans ,@JG2704 and others.England outplayed India in all departments . Eng-India series have always been competitive whether its 1-1 in 2001 and 2006 or India's tour of Eng 2007 followed by that tour in 2008 when Eng showed great support and gesture by touring after terrorist attack,but i am sad that from last two series we are witnessing one sided matches ,where a better team is thrashing the weak one.All that passion and fierce competition is missing .So i dearly hope when India tours Eng in 2014 we will see more competitive matches ,till then all the best for Ashes and all other important series,congrats again.

  • VJGS on December 17, 2012, 15:07 GMT

    @aslamPK, we welcome you, our brothers from across the border. Hope to see good quality cricket. Whether we win or not, I'm sure even the out of form Indian players would work extra hard against your team and put up a much better show.

  • on December 17, 2012, 15:06 GMT

    @jonesy2, you'd better hope that Australia can find 9 or 10 fit cricketers before the Ashes

  • Snick_To_Backward_Point on December 17, 2012, 15:06 GMT

    Alex Steinberg, i don't think you need to worry about Eng keeping their feet on the ground. They're an hones,t hard working bunch and seem to be learning their 'pride before a fall' lesson. Bottom line - the whole set up now FEELS right. Before there seemed to be a lot of tension in the background that was taking focus off the cricket. I hope that's resolved but I am already slightly worried about KP's last couple of performances. IMO there were hints of the old KP returning- i.e. I;ve just done enough, now I can revert to type and not play for the situation or with due care and attention. I hope I;m wrong.

  • Bramblefly on December 17, 2012, 15:05 GMT

    @Jonesy2 13.30 - I love the smell of fear from Australia. I think we can put this comment right up there with your classic about Xavier Docherty being the world's best one day spinner. I've never forgotten that.

  • Snick_To_Backward_Point on December 17, 2012, 15:01 GMT

    jmcilhinney you make a great point about Monty. Might well be true.

  • Snick_To_Backward_Point on December 17, 2012, 15:00 GMT

    A great side in the making this England team. Well done on one of the hardest cricketing achievements there is - a series win in India. Great to see the Aussies quaking in their boots as they struggle to face bowlers at 120 KPH at home :) Trouble is for the foreseeable future I am fearful that the Ashes are going to be a competitive fixture and might lose their lustre somewhat as Australia struggle to find a few decent bats and bowlers who don;t break down with injury. The real world test championship is between Eng and SA with perhaps Pakistan in the mix. All other test sides right now are pale imitations.

  • sachin_vvsfan on December 17, 2012, 14:59 GMT

    Cook should be really proud of this achievement. Steve waugh couldn't do it. ricky ponting coudln't (gilchrist did). May be this is a weakest indian team in the last decade. But series victory in india is definitely an achievement.And he will have more acheivements next year. @jonesy2 already knows what that is going to be.

    @aslamPK ROFL. That is after all FRIENDSHIP series :)

  • VJGS on December 17, 2012, 14:59 GMT

    After this sort of back-to-back humiliation at the hands of England, there should be an Ashes tournament between India and England. The English have completely destroyed the Indian pride and joy - unbeaten at home. Thus, this time, the English have taken the Ashes of Indian cricket with them

  • shillingsworth on December 17, 2012, 14:58 GMT

    @Alex Steinberg - KP has been an England player for some years and I gather that he intends to remain so for the foreseeable future. His progress and England's 'true progress' are therefore inseparable. What exactly are you suggesting that England 'evaluates'?

  • Praxis on December 17, 2012, 14:56 GMT

    @gsingh7, test cricket fans are by far the sanest, most appreciative & sporting among all cricket followers. Only true passion, a thinking brain & genuine understanding of the game allows someone to actually enjoy the longer format. This was the toughest test of skills & mentality of Indian cricketers in this series, they failed it. 5-0 scoreline in ODIs can never make up for it.

  • zaragon on December 17, 2012, 14:53 GMT

    Ha Ha jonesy2 - isn't this basically the same England team that won the last Ashes series so convincingly? I don't see many world class cricketers in the Aussie team - one less now that Ponting has gone.

  • AKS286 on December 17, 2012, 14:48 GMT

    my question to Indian fans- trott's caught behind was showed 25 times and sniko meter showed several times by the commentators. BUT COOk's 2nd inning dismissal only shown in hilights and no sniko meter shown WHY? cook's 1st inning dismissal lbw by sharma was also never shown in hawk eye and patch made in pitch. why?? well done ENG. india lost due to ashwin and jadeja because both are dhoni's Favorite boys. look how much wickets are taken by ashwin and in the 4th test instead of specialist spinner chawla dhoni relies on jadeja. why jadeja in the team he replaces yuvraj the specialist batsman. ENG also took 3 test to out samit but finally ROOT in samit out.

  • Herath-UK on December 17, 2012, 14:47 GMT

    An excellent tour and Jimmy was the 'special' one.The tour to Sri Lanka in the spring and winning the second Test in Colombo after defeat in Galle restored their faith to win in the subcontinent.Credit should go to the ECB too settling the KP issue in Colombo and bringing him into the team without delay. Ranil Herath - Kent

  • satanswish on December 17, 2012, 14:45 GMT

    Well deserved victory for England for showing India their real worth in Test cricket. 3-1 series victory would have been ideal but nevertheless one of the greatest comeback after first test defeat. Well Done Captain Cook you champion!!

  • Clive_Dunn on December 17, 2012, 14:42 GMT

    @Jonesy - are the Aussies still really playing Siddle and Hilfenhaus as their first string attack ? Things must be worse than I thought.

  • nitinlakhanpal on December 17, 2012, 14:38 GMT

    English team was well coordinated and focused .... on the contrary Indian were too worried and unfocused.......never saw such a worse performance by Indian at home....although they are always poor visitors ......BCCI more in interested on ODI T20 and IPL ....... there is no hope in near future for team India at home with this kind of bowling and batting......nyway congrts to england.....spcly 2 cook he was alwys awsome just lyk dravid

  • caujjwal on December 17, 2012, 14:33 GMT

    drought ending dayyy for england... but beware we might loose some of our stars which result in our poor performance.... but want to make it sure your next rain will surely 28 years agoooo..... so enjoyyy....

  • yorkshirematt on December 17, 2012, 14:30 GMT

    @Alex Steinberg Sorry I'm not avin that. That is a ridiculous comment from someone who clearly didn't see a single ball of the series. Pietersen played one decent innings at that was it. Same for Trott, Bell and Compton. Only cook and Prior played more than one decent knock. While that may sound critical, it's not, it means everyone contributed. But without COOK and PRIOR who knows what might have happened. And quite frankly who cares anyway? Certainly no englishman does.

  • Munkeymomo on December 17, 2012, 14:24 GMT

    Well played England, great to see Anderson performing yet again on subcontinent pitches despite all his critics. He is still easily the second best pace bowler in the world, a long way above third. Commiserations to Indian fans, I hope for your sake the BCCI introduce some changes to the team so you can perform on the level you should, I'd like to see Rahane and Dinda playing the next time India come to England!

  • landl47 on December 17, 2012, 14:18 GMT

    Posted by gsingh7 on (December 13 2012, 15:31 PM GMT) did u english fans hoped that india wud give pitches to suit english strengths while weakening theirs, ? i hope not, ;; par first innings score is above 400 which will be mountain too high to conquer for fragile english batsmen, this test will end in innings defeat and 2-2 scoreline, sehwag innings hold key for indian win, a rapid start wud provide enough momentum to indian players to execute their shrewd plans and conquer the three lions

    @gsingh7: This was your comment after day 1 of the 4th test. Are you surprised that no-one takes you seriously?

  • Munkeymomo on December 17, 2012, 14:17 GMT

    @Alex Steinberg: What??? A South African is unhappy that England won and is unable to admit they played well? That's a turn up for the books!

  • ProdigyA on December 17, 2012, 14:17 GMT

    @aslamPK - he he he. Youve lost all hope already? I know India is too good for Pak or any other team in ODI's but youve already stated excuses. Be a man dude.

  • brusselslion on December 17, 2012, 14:08 GMT

    @ disco_bob: Nice to see an appreciative comment from an Aussie poster. I wouldn't be surprised if the scoreline was even more convincing for you. If England had not made a major tactical error in leaving out Panesar in the 1st Test and then shutting up shop in this most recent match, it would have been another whitewash.

  • disco_bob on December 17, 2012, 14:02 GMT

    @GerrardLK, ah but all teams are lions in their own backyard, any Indian supporter will confirm this.

  • Selassie-I on December 17, 2012, 13:56 GMT

    Well played Cookie and England. Big legend in the making, cookie will break every record out there.

  • on December 17, 2012, 13:52 GMT

    KP makes England look good. Without his magnificent innings in Mumbai, who knows where this series would have ended. England should soberly evaluate their true progress.

  • GerrardLK on December 17, 2012, 13:43 GMT

    Special tour???? you don't call beating a minnow side like India is special.

  • brusselslion on December 17, 2012, 13:41 GMT

    Well played England. A first series win in 28 years must be a cause for celebration. However, I think we England supporters need to keep our feet on the ground. This Indian team is a very poor Test team. Although we should beat NZ in the two series, I have the feeling that they will make things a damn sight harder for us than this Indian team did.

  • on December 17, 2012, 13:39 GMT

    It is evident from the result that England made a mistake in the first test b not playing Monty. But credit should be given to them for admitting and rectifying it and the results speak of itself. Wonder if Monty played the First test the result might have been 3-0. Congrats England

  • doubtingthomas on December 17, 2012, 13:36 GMT

    Only if Dharmsena had slept better at night.... Cook's record as captain would've been impeccable.

  • aslamPK on December 17, 2012, 13:36 GMT

    @Indians please be hopeful, Pakistan is coming to India to relieve your pains by losing the FRIENDSHIP Series. Cheers

  • brusselslion on December 17, 2012, 13:35 GMT

    @gsingh7: After club games finish in England, we often play what are called 'beer matches'. This gives those players who may not have batted or bowled in the 'proper' match, the chance to do so. Basically, these matches are a meaningless bit of fun. This tour is now entering this stage. So should India win the 'biff bash' stuff 2-0 & the ODIs 5-0 please remember this simple fact before you publish your expected gloats: England won the main event.

  • jmcilhinney on December 17, 2012, 13:30 GMT

    That was a very good performance from England, although still not complete. Many positives, including a vast improvement in the fielding, which was a major factor in their poor performance against SA, and some gumption against spin, which was a major factor in their poor performance against Pakistan. Still lots of work to do but some very good signs. Probably the saddest thing about this series is that Monty Panesar made such a large contribution and yet we may have just seen him play his last Test match. Barring injury to Swann, he's unlikely to play a Test outside the subcontinent or Middle East but the next time England tour those areas is three years away. Will Monty still be one of England's two best spinners by then?

  • jonesy2 on December 17, 2012, 13:30 GMT

    a poor england side beat the worst test playing nation. england better hope they suddenly find 9 or 10 world class cricketers before the ashes if they wish to avoid humiliation

  • IKISM on December 17, 2012, 13:29 GMT

    Unbelievable!!!!The home card has also failed India although no doubt England have come out on top after that first test loss but I think it's high time that India should have a seperate test match side that should comprise of players with a different level of temprament who can bat for long and know how to build an innings. In short get rid of the sloggers in your side and India can play well again.

  • disco_bob on December 17, 2012, 13:23 GMT

    Congrats are in order to England for a surprising but ultimately well deserved victory. Pip pip lads. England whitewashed India then we matched it, England have now won in India 2-1 so I guess Australia's task in India next year is clear.

  • freddieraghu on December 17, 2012, 13:20 GMT

    @gsingh7 Looks like ur an anti-indian. Sarcasm in the way u said 'BCCI should not leave any Curator' LOL... But ur comment that leaving out the whole test cricket and keeping only ODIs is hilarious and childish... Couldn't stop laughing...

  • on December 17, 2012, 13:19 GMT

    @gsingh7: england will win the odi series as well. india gonna get hammering in the t20s

  • KK47 on December 17, 2012, 13:19 GMT

    I am not happy admitting this but england have played extraordinary cricket in this series. They came to India without much success behind them and especially bad memories of drubbing against Pakistan. But how well they have played here. I always had reservations against Cook if he could play well in India and hasn't he delivered! Well done Cook and England. I hope India learns from this defeat and bounce back in ODI and next series against Aus.

  • 2.14istherunrate on December 17, 2012, 12:56 GMT

    Well played England. That was a brilliantly executed master plan which saw us victorious in India-a very special place to win. Most of all it showed England under Cook were prepared to go the extra yard to get the side back to winning ways of 2011 with some style. Cook himself was a phenomenon and had he not batted at the opposite from Dhamasena, the worst umpire on the block, he would have made more. I think that until one has to play on this sort of track India is utterly fascinating as a venue. I think England will be very well served by Captain Chef in the future as well the players who each contributed something not least on this last day. Very excellent result- one to tell the sheep about Mr Cook.

  • on December 17, 2012, 12:53 GMT

    its high time indian selectors should not sit on their brains,wining or loosing is part of a game.lets not blame captian,selectors should take a bold,and firm decision to call tendullcar and give their verdict.its true he will say he still enjoy his cricket but at the expence of a young indian cricketer.if dravid is still playing,will team india will feild a young cricketer like pujara,nt like lanka india got lot of raw talent.at the same time why no more good classy spinners are not coming through?likes of venkat,chandrasekhar,bedi and presanna.iam a arden fan of indian cricket likes of gavaskar,wadekar,wisvanath,abdi ali,solkar,engenior,vengsakar,kapil,sastri.now indian cricket is with world class players big headed and less spors men sprits individuals

  • Boston_Legal on December 17, 2012, 12:28 GMT

    Well played skipper, and the lads. Cook for SPOTY '13?

  • joseyesu on December 17, 2012, 12:24 GMT

    Well played Eng, and i think if the same indian team played against Bang,the result would be more or less similar:( I hope for atleast a decent ODI and T20 series with PAK and Eng.

  • on December 17, 2012, 12:22 GMT

    My comments in BBC Sports Just now Great come back.I for one predicted even before the selection of team to visit India at the height of KP controversy and dropping him, in India, it will be KP & Cook ably assisted by Trott & Bell, while in bowling it will be Monty & Jimmy assisted by Swann, results prove my point.New talent Compton is very good !! Congrats England. Time to say Good Bye to Sachin and India should have some plan at least for the future.

  • on December 17, 2012, 12:08 GMT

    India will win the one day series…perhaps the jadejas and raina would star in it. Indian public does have a short memory and perhaps will forget the white wash. And the same team will be retained. This loss of India in India could be a blessing in disguise if the board, administrator and the selectors learn from it. All and all well played England …you throughly deserved to win. Its beautiful to watch test cricket , a real test I really enjoyed the bowling of swann, monty,and anderson.

  • gsingh7 on December 17, 2012, 12:04 GMT

    glad this boring test ended tamely , now we should leave test cricket altogether as only unemployed watch 5 day snooze fest, indian blue team need to stamp their authority in 5-0 whitewash in odis and show the world why we r champions , bcci should not leave any curator who contributed in indian loss, hope we see rejuvenated india as 1.2 billion blues want indian team to deliver them glory in odis. GGTI--GLORY GLORY TEAM INDIA

  • on December 17, 2012, 12:03 GMT

    @scottnye: Thank you for your comment. As an Indian fan, I congratulate you on a historic win. Overseas test wins are the pinnacle of the sport !! In fact they surpass winning world cups !! It is ironic for me as an Indian to say that but I have always valued test cricket more than any other format. I would only be happy the day India becomes no.1 as a test team after beating SA in SA, AUS in AUS, ENG in ENG, and every other team away on a regular basis. Till then, the hopes and prayers will continue. I hope this defeat spurs some sensible changes in Indian cricket. As far as Sachin goes, I think his time is up and I know it's a sad way to send him off. I hope he is given one last home series against AUS. Then again, the team comes first for me. No individual should be greater than the team or the sport.

  • BenGridley on December 17, 2012, 11:57 GMT

    Well played lad. You have shown the Indians how to bat in their own backyard.

  • SoverBerry2 on December 17, 2012, 11:55 GMT

    Young kid Root averages with Sir Don!

  • Lmaotsetung on December 17, 2012, 11:51 GMT

    They waited to come to the sub-continent...They came to the sub-continent...They conquered the sub-continent! Thank you! Goodbye! Goodnight! Drive home safely! See you in 2014!

  • on December 17, 2012, 11:45 GMT

    @RednWhiteArmy: Congratulations on England's win. I am an Indian supporter and I whole heartedly appreciate and salute the efforts of team England. However, I request you to ignore 'some' Indian fans who are over the hill in their passion for the Indian team. They continue to dwell in self denial and the current state of Indian cricket is a parallel reflection of such people. They will eventually come to understand the problems in Indian cricket and contemplate their attitude. And I hope England fans just celebrate this occasion without paying too much attention to meaningless banter from such Indian supporters.

  • on December 17, 2012, 11:39 GMT

    "England's celebrations were a world away from their misery in Ahmedabad less than a month ago when they were beaten by an innings in the opening Test; their frailties against spin again apparent." They were not beaten by an innings ....

  • scottnye on December 17, 2012, 11:37 GMT

    A wonderful result for England, after the first test I feared the worst but they have shown enormous character to come back and win the series. Almost every player contributed at some point during the series, the heroes being Cook, Pietersen, Trott, Prior, Monty, Swanny and Jimmy. Root and Compton look like excellent finds.

    It was sad to see Sachin leave the field injured, I hope for his and India fans sakes that he playes in T20 and gets a good sendoff - he deserves it.

    It has not been the greatest year for England, however, I am very proud of how they have bounced back and finished the year on a high. What a shame we cant play SA again now.

    I feel that the Ashes next summer will be a great series and if England continue to work hard and improve then I think we will retain the Ashes once again.

    I fear New Zealand will be on the wrong end of a fearful hiding in 2013.

  • AB99 on December 17, 2012, 11:36 GMT

    India would loose 2-1 against Australia as well ... what with better fast bowlers, Lyon and some one else to bowl spin and Clarke, Warner, Watson, Hussey to bat .... It would be another defeat for the Indian team ...

  • sawifan on December 17, 2012, 11:33 GMT

    @Front-Foot-Lunge... for once a comment not filled with ridiculous patriotic hyperbole. Cook has certainly turned the corner from being almost a walking wicket a few years back. Kudos to him for his hard work. His captaincy is still unknown, great way to start off, especially 'where' he won, but INDIA were woeful, and he will face tougher tasks ahead. No need to be too creative as captain when the opposition falls apart by themselves. Well played tho, both Cook and ENG.

  • RednWhiteArmy on December 17, 2012, 11:22 GMT

    Absolutely fantastic, thats how it feels to know people like bengaltiger and gsingh7 are crying their little eyes out now.

  • on December 17, 2012, 11:21 GMT

    Hats off to England for this convincing victory. Mind you, Pakistan whitewashed the same English side in a 3-match test series in Abu Dhabi this year. I couldn't understand what happened with the Indian batting, which is their major strength.

  • t20-2007 on December 17, 2012, 11:19 GMT

    Please bring Greg Chapell to save Indian Cricket

  • on December 17, 2012, 11:15 GMT

    Today, I am a heart broken INDIAN fan. As much as I am heart broken, I am also pleased that the better team won the series. India never looked worthy of winning this series the moment they faltered in Mumbai. The writing was on the wall for India following the 2011 whitewashes, yet, they failed to address it. We in India often have short memories and over react following a mishap. However, those whitewashes were not mere mishaps, they were TRAGEDIES of enormous proportions. Still, we persisted with those who led our nation on the path of failure, nothing was done to take the team forward. Now we will have some ODIs and T20s and the BCCI will continue to earn money on the backs of hard working Indians, who will continue to pay these 'fake' stars of Indian cricket. Sure, India could win the whole limited overs leg of this tour, but what about TEST cricket ? What about the premier format of the game ? It will be left to the dogs until another disaster happens. God save Indian cricket !

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on December 17, 2012, 11:14 GMT

    The best test opener in the world, and is there anyone who can justifiably say otherwise? No. Take a bow Chef - The conqueror of Australia, now the conqueror of India. And finishing with a series average of 90+. The only guy who could get him out was Dharmesena. What a captain, what a batsman.

  • Fazil1 on December 17, 2012, 11:14 GMT

    Bell and Trott played really well. BCCI should now start using UDRS. It would be helpful in Australian series. Pujara was a positive and Gambhir is starting to find his form now. This should help India to win series with Australia. I hope they will not include Zaheer in series with Australia and Pakistan.

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  • Fazil1 on December 17, 2012, 11:14 GMT

    Bell and Trott played really well. BCCI should now start using UDRS. It would be helpful in Australian series. Pujara was a positive and Gambhir is starting to find his form now. This should help India to win series with Australia. I hope they will not include Zaheer in series with Australia and Pakistan.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on December 17, 2012, 11:14 GMT

    The best test opener in the world, and is there anyone who can justifiably say otherwise? No. Take a bow Chef - The conqueror of Australia, now the conqueror of India. And finishing with a series average of 90+. The only guy who could get him out was Dharmesena. What a captain, what a batsman.

  • on December 17, 2012, 11:15 GMT

    Today, I am a heart broken INDIAN fan. As much as I am heart broken, I am also pleased that the better team won the series. India never looked worthy of winning this series the moment they faltered in Mumbai. The writing was on the wall for India following the 2011 whitewashes, yet, they failed to address it. We in India often have short memories and over react following a mishap. However, those whitewashes were not mere mishaps, they were TRAGEDIES of enormous proportions. Still, we persisted with those who led our nation on the path of failure, nothing was done to take the team forward. Now we will have some ODIs and T20s and the BCCI will continue to earn money on the backs of hard working Indians, who will continue to pay these 'fake' stars of Indian cricket. Sure, India could win the whole limited overs leg of this tour, but what about TEST cricket ? What about the premier format of the game ? It will be left to the dogs until another disaster happens. God save Indian cricket !

  • t20-2007 on December 17, 2012, 11:19 GMT

    Please bring Greg Chapell to save Indian Cricket

  • on December 17, 2012, 11:21 GMT

    Hats off to England for this convincing victory. Mind you, Pakistan whitewashed the same English side in a 3-match test series in Abu Dhabi this year. I couldn't understand what happened with the Indian batting, which is their major strength.

  • RednWhiteArmy on December 17, 2012, 11:22 GMT

    Absolutely fantastic, thats how it feels to know people like bengaltiger and gsingh7 are crying their little eyes out now.

  • sawifan on December 17, 2012, 11:33 GMT

    @Front-Foot-Lunge... for once a comment not filled with ridiculous patriotic hyperbole. Cook has certainly turned the corner from being almost a walking wicket a few years back. Kudos to him for his hard work. His captaincy is still unknown, great way to start off, especially 'where' he won, but INDIA were woeful, and he will face tougher tasks ahead. No need to be too creative as captain when the opposition falls apart by themselves. Well played tho, both Cook and ENG.

  • AB99 on December 17, 2012, 11:36 GMT

    India would loose 2-1 against Australia as well ... what with better fast bowlers, Lyon and some one else to bowl spin and Clarke, Warner, Watson, Hussey to bat .... It would be another defeat for the Indian team ...

  • scottnye on December 17, 2012, 11:37 GMT

    A wonderful result for England, after the first test I feared the worst but they have shown enormous character to come back and win the series. Almost every player contributed at some point during the series, the heroes being Cook, Pietersen, Trott, Prior, Monty, Swanny and Jimmy. Root and Compton look like excellent finds.

    It was sad to see Sachin leave the field injured, I hope for his and India fans sakes that he playes in T20 and gets a good sendoff - he deserves it.

    It has not been the greatest year for England, however, I am very proud of how they have bounced back and finished the year on a high. What a shame we cant play SA again now.

    I feel that the Ashes next summer will be a great series and if England continue to work hard and improve then I think we will retain the Ashes once again.

    I fear New Zealand will be on the wrong end of a fearful hiding in 2013.

  • on December 17, 2012, 11:39 GMT

    "England's celebrations were a world away from their misery in Ahmedabad less than a month ago when they were beaten by an innings in the opening Test; their frailties against spin again apparent." They were not beaten by an innings ....