Alistair Cook: 'In that dressing room, knowing what we had
achieved, it was a special place and will live long in my
memory.' Photo Getty
England captain Alastair Cook has hailed the performance
of his team after they claimed their first series win in India
in 27 years, saying it is "on a par with the Ashes".
Jonathan Trott (143) and Ian Bell (116no) both hit centuries
to ensure the fourth test in Nagpur was drawn, giving the
tourists a 2-1 series win, BBC reports.
Cook said the 2010-11 Ashes victory in Australia, England's
first down under in 24 years, "meant a huge amount", but he
added: "I think this is on a par with it.
"In that dressing room, knowing what we had achieved, it was
a special place and will live long in my memory."
England started the day on 161-3 and lost only Trott's wicket
as they remained intent on securing the draw, which was
achieved when the declaration came with an hour to go, at
which point the match was called off.
Cook (27) was named man of the series after scoring three
hundreds and 562 runs in the four-match series.
The skipper had praise for his team, saying ''the amount of
effort the guys have put in for me, I can't ask any more''.
James Anderson, man of the match after taking 4-81 in India's
first innings in Nagpur, was described as the difference
between the two sides by India captain Mahendra Dhoni.
The 30-year-old fast bowler took 12 wickets in the series and
played a key part in England's success.