Updated: 03/09/2012 18:07 | By pa.press.net

Cook happy with victorious England



England captain Alastair Cook was pleased with his side's performance against South Africa

England captain Alastair Cook was pleased with his side's performance against South Africa

Alastair Cook praised his side for improving in all three disciplines after completing England's first victory over South Africa of the summer.

England squared the NatWest Series at 1-1 after three one-day internationals with a four-wicket success at Surrey's Kia Oval. A disciplined bowling performance, with Ravi Bopara, James Anderson and Jade Dernbach all to the fore, saw South Africa dismissed for 211, with Eoin Morgan (73) and Jonathan Trott (71) breaking the back of the chase.

It was all a much different story to the 80-run defeat at the Ageas Bowl on Tuesday and the captain recognised the improvement. "It's just really nice to win. It's been a tough summer against South Africa and to finally win means a lot to the guys tonight," said Cook.

"I thought the character we showed after a heavy defeat last time out was fantastic. We talked about certain areas and we've improved on those areas in this game.

"We bowled better, we batted better and we fielded better. It's encouraging when we can right our wrongs."

The win capped off a memorable week in the life of 27-year-old Cook, who on Wednesday was formally appointed as England's Test skipper in place of the retired Andrew Strauss.

There are a number of issues he must address in that role before the tour of India in November, not least the continuing conundrum that is Kevin Pietersen, but for now his focus remains on the next two matches of the current series.

Asked if he felt any different since his elevation to the top job, Cook said: "Not really. It's quite nice, in a way, that I've been captain of the one-day side for a while.

"What's gone on in the last three or four days hasn't really changed it at all.

"All that work (on the Test side) will happen after the one-day games are finished."

2Comments
01/09/2012 09:21
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Well done Alastair and the team, it was a pleasure to watch. No disappointing performances, felt I was seeing the England squad performing as they used to. Keep it up and lets see you regain the number one position again soon. This performance has more to do with team spirit and getting down to the job rather than letting external things interfere with the game. Again well done!
01/09/2012 11:08
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Just a little bit ironic that a team with a new coach/manager seems to win, nothing to do with the old one being not liked for his controversial moments and not bending to pressure eh????
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