London/Calcutta: Elated after having thrashed India 3-1 in the series, England captain Alastair Cook highlighted the first day of the third Test, in Southampton, as the start of the turnaround of his team’s fortunes.
Alastair Cook: Yeah, it was an amazing turnaround to win in this fashion, especially after what happened at Lord’s. The players and the support staff can take an enormous amount of credit… Peter Moores and Paul Farbrace made a massive difference. As I said, all summer, before Southampton, we played cricket in patches. To maintain the pressure on India like we did in the last three games was great. It is great to have the support of the guys in tough times.
The first day in Southampton was a good one… It went on to make a difference… We won the toss and made a good decision to bat first. Gary Ballance went on to get a big hundred, (Ian) Bell also followed up.
When we score runs, with our bowling attack in these conditions, it’s hard for the opposition. 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, which means we can go out and play some good cricket.
James Anderson (MoS): The summer has ended in a good way as we’ve fought back really well. I’m not sure if I was at my best in this series, but I think I’m in a good place with the ball. I think the way all four seamers have bowled in the last few Tests has been hugely impressive. I was worried about the how the body would cope with these five Tests… Fortunately, it’s gone all right. I hope to get my body to be in the best shape for next year and see how it goes.
Joe Root (MoM): I’m enjoying batting at No. 5 [since the Ashes in Australia]. It’s nice to come back, score runs and win again. Last winter, I think I got into a place where I was just looking to survive, but I’m trying to put pressure on the bowlers again and keep on improving.