Cook thanks wife for boost

LONDON - Test victories, like London buses along the Harleyford Road, often seem to come in a rush and for a packed crowd at The Oval the spectacle of England wrapping up a third successive defeat of India’s tourists and a 3-1 series win was greeted with a sense of boisterous disbelief as much as simple jubilation.

The scars of the Ashes winter have not quite been banished by victory against these meekest of tourists. But for Alastair Cook a series victory, bouncing back from an abject defeat at Lord’s, puts an emphatic full stop on a gruelling year.

“I remember saying when we were 1-0 down I thought we’d win the series,” Cook said. “I had a lot of confidence in our skill and talent and but I didn’t think we would win as emphatically as we have done. Southampton was a turning point which brought back some confidence. Once we won there that was the blueprint of how we needed to play against these guys. Credit to the bowlers.”

Asked what had pulled him through the dark times after Lord’s and a disappointing drawn first Test at Trent Bridge Cook was unequivocal.

“It was the support I had from my wife. You can bear your soul to Alice and she’s very good at getting you back on the straight and narrow. That was a tough night [after the first Test]. We’d let a winning position slip. The defeat to India at Lord’s was tough too but I’m quite stubborn, I believe in my ability and I’m a resilient guy – that was when I needed it most.”

During England’s long losing run Cook’s captaincy skills were repeatedly belittled by those on the sidelines, most notably, and doggedly by Shane Warne, but Cook wisely passed up the opportunity to fire a shot or two in return.

“I’m not going to sit here gloating,” he said. “I don’t play this game to prove people right or wrong, I do it to try and win games of cricket. I’m here because I’m passionate about English cricket and believe I am the right man to take this team forward. It’s a great privilege to be England captain. It’s a great job to have, even during the tough times.” – Press Association

Comments (1)

All credit to Captain Cookie he led by example enough respect for this guy... Wish you all the best in upcoming fixtures

Abraham Mangwana - 19 August 2014

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