Alastair Cook pays tribute to England's character after 10-wicket win over India

Last Updated: 26/11/12 7:13pm

Alastair Cook: Proud of character shown by England players

Alastair Cook paid tribute to the character of his England side after they bounced back from the trouncing in the first Test to beat India by 10 wickets and level the four-match series in Mumbai.

Cook's first-innings 122 was part of a 206-run third wicket stand with Kevin Pietersen and helped England establish a first-innings lead, which was then backed up by spinners Graeme Swann and Monty Panesar as India slumped to 142 in their second innings.

Cook and Nick Compton then knocked off the target of 57 in less than 10 overs.

"It was a tough week at Ahmedabad and the character we showed today and these last three days has been fantastic. I just can't fault the effort from the lads and the performance they've put in these last four days," he said.

"It was an important toss but the way we bowled that first day was fantastic. And the way Kevin batted, the way he took the game away from India - to get an 80-odd run lead was vital on that wicket.

"It was a fantastic innings, great to watch from the other end. We almost could have got more of a lead in the end.

"The way Swanny and Monty bowled when the pressure was on, not to let India get away was fantastic."