| Alastair Cook |
London: England’s celebrations continued long into the evening, on Sunday, and it was only around 9.30 pm (2.00 am in India) that the players and support staff began dispersing from The Oval.
The series had been won five hours earlier.
It was a little after 9.30 pm that The Telegraph spotted captain Alastair Cook walking alone, hands in pockets, towards the main gate.
A brief conversation followed.
Cook (Grins): Oh, thanks. You’ve been working till now?
TT: Are you dedicating the superb win to any one individual?
Cook: To the guys, I guess. This is the team’s win. I’ve got some very good players and they delivered.
TT: What gave you the strength to continue in the days immediately after the Lord’s Test?
Cook: Belief, individually and collectively... Sometimes, it pays to just hang in there, waiting for the tide to turn... Personally, I’m indebted to (wife) Alice for her support.
TT: No.1 lesson?
Cook: Back yourself.
TT: You’ve been downplaying your own contribution...
Cook: I don’t seek personal glory. Like I’ve said, it’s the team’s win, driven by some very good players.
TT: Well, the next challenge?
Cook: The ODIs against India. One must never take anything for granted.