Alastair Cook reflects on 'very special day' after delivering Tests success for England in India

Last Updated: 17/12/12 7:56pm

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England captain Alastair Cook said the Test series victory over India was as big an achievement as winning the Ashes in Australia.

Hundreds from Jonathan Trott and Ian Bell in Nagpur ended any hope the hosts ahead of pulling off a fourth Test win which would have squared the series at 2-2.

And in his first tour as full-time captain Cook has overseen England's first success in India since 1984/5 - and the first by any touring Test team since Australia won the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in 2004.

The achievement was all the more impressive given India's crushing victory in the first match in Ahmedabad.

Cook said: "I think it's on a par with the Ashes. As an Englishman, winning in Australia after so long meant a huge amount.

"But in that dressing room there for that last half an hour, knowing what we had achieved, it was a very special place and it will live long in my memory.

"We adapted well. The bowlers have been brilliant and our batters have contributed big runs. Everyone in the squad can be very proud, especially after Ahmedabad.

"The guys who played a couple of games all made a difference and the amount of effort the guys have put in for me, I can't ask any more.

"It's always nice when it goes well but I can't praise the team enough. And the support we've had everywhere we've gone, not just from the Barmy Army but also the Indian public, has been fantastic.

"It's a very special day for us, it's been a special tour and we'll have great memories."

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