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England coach Andy Flower has told England's Test players to be proud of their achievements in India

Andy Flower insists Alastair Cook's England Test squad are heading in the right direction

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Andy Flower believes England's Test team can build on their series win in India after a difficult year.

Alastair Cook's tourists recovered from a nine-wicket drubbing in the first Test in Ahmedabad to win successive matches in Mumbai and Kolkata and then clinch the series with a draw in Nagpur.

Flower says England's first Test series win on the sub-continent since 1985 could prove a turning point for Cook's side.

England lost seven of 15 Tests this year and in the process were deposed from the world No 1 spot following series defeats to Paksitan in the United Arab Emirates last winter and at home to South Africa.

Flower - England should be proud

"We had a tough time in the UAE against Pakistan at the start of the year," said Flower.


"One of the most satisfying things at the minute - certainly for me, and I'm sure for the players - is that they've shown they can score runs.

"Even some of the older guys, that have been around and have excellent Test career achievements, have still adapted their game and shown their game can improve.

"They've done that in conditions where English teams don't historically do very well. I think everyone is very proud of that.

"It's very satisfying for that group of 30 blokes to have come out here and adapted to these conditions and overcome the opposition.

"It's taken a lot of hard work, a lot of thought and a lot of skill out there in the middle - and they should be very proud of themselves."