Moores sees significance in Cook comeback

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Coach Peter Moores cherished a prompt turnaround on captain Alastair Cook's behalf, as England basked in the afterglow of a three-one Test series victory over India this week.

Coach Peter Moores cherished a prompt turnaround on captain Alastair Cook's behalf, as England basked in the afterglow of a three-one Test series victory over India this week.

Whitewashed five-nil by Australia and historically defeated by Sri Lanka earlier this year, England later slipped to a series deficit against the Indians. Triumphs at the Rose Bowl, Old Trafford and The Oval, however, ultimately brought success.

"For anyone not to go away and soul-search a bit, if you're captain or coach or player, would have been strange," said Moores. "He did that. He spoke to his wife, they had conversations, he came back.

"And significantly, at the end of that Test, he turned around to Mike Atherton and said: 'I'm in this for the long haul. If people don't think I should be captain then I accept that but I want to be England captain.'"

The subject of consistent criticism after failing to secure a century in the longest format of the international game for almost 30 innings, Cook welcomed a change in fortune too. A fighting 95 and 70 not out in Southampton paved the way for a complementary 79 in London.

"Alastair's record probably stands up with a lot of openers," added Moores. "If you look at the strike-rate of openers, we tend to remember only the times when people blast a century on a very flat pitch. With two new white balls, you have got to get through, but you have got to score at the right rate. So you've got to get a balance."

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