Cook thrilled with turn-around since Lord's

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England captain Alastair Cook was thrilled with the series win against India, their first since winning the Ashes last year, and gave credit to the resilience shown by the side after losing the second Test at Lord's.

England captain Alastair Cook was thrilled with the series win against India, their first since winning the Ashes last year, and gave credit to the resilience shown by the side after losing the second Test at Lord's.

The hosts won the fifth Test at The Oval by an innings and 244 runs, bowling India out for 94 late on day three. Joe Root had scored a wonderful 149 not out, while Chris Jordan took four wickets on the day.

England were one nil down after Lord's, with Cook in personal hell and the senior players not performing. Since then, they won three games in a row, and Cook himself found some form with three half centuries.

A delighted Cook said: "It was an amazing performance, to win like we've won after what happened at Lord's, the players, the staff, can take an enormous amount of credit.

"All summer, before we won at Southampton, we played good cricket in patches and then let it go after an hour or so… To maintain pressure like we did in the last few games was impressive.

"It's good to have the support of the guys throughout the tough times and then enjoy the good times.

The side will now focus on one-dayers until the World Cup in February, with no Tests scheduled until the tour to the West Indies in April next year. But Cook rather aimed to enjoy the moment in London.

Cook added: "It's a shame, they'll be very different conditions in West Indies. We have a lot of Test cricket after that. We have to enjoy tonight, look at how we have got things to click and then take it on.

"In sport, you have tough times, it's the character you need to show to bounce back. The support has been fantastic, from the families as well, means we can go out and play some good cricket."

Fast bowler James Anderson was the man of the series for his 25 wickets, and though he fell three short of Ian Botham's 383 Test scalps for England, he was just happy to get through the series without injury.

Anderson said: "We've fought back really well, there's been some good performances through the series. I think I'm in a good place with the ball, I think the way all four seamers have bowled in the last few Test has been hugely impressive.

"We wanted the nicks to carry, after the first couple of games. When you feel like you have an edge over a batsman, it does help as a bowler. It;'s hard work over a long series, so credit to the guys.

"The batsmen have done a great job for us since Southampton, scoreboard pressure is a great thing. I was worried about the how the body would cope with these five Tests, it's gone all right, so I'll get in shape for next year and see how it goes."

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