Ashes 2013: Alastair Cook praises England’s spirit after second Test win

Ashes 2013: England captain Alastair Cook praises his side's spirit after a 347-run victory over Australia in the second Test at Lord's

By Callum Orr

Alastair Cook praised England’s fighting spirit after his side came back from early setbacks in both innings to claim a 347-run victory over Australia in the second Ashes Test at Lord’s.

Having lost early wickets in both innings, England twice looked like they were heading for low scores against a modest Australia bowling attack, before batting heroics from Ian Bell and Joe Root steered the home side towards a comfortable victory against the Baggie Greens.

And Cook praised the resilience shown by his men securing the victory in the last over of the fourth day.

“A few of the boys were keen to finish it tonight – all 11 of us in fact – and we just about got there in the end,” said 28-year-old Cook.

“We’ve played some good cricket over the last couple of weeks but we’ve also had to scrap hard after being 30-3 in both of our innings in this match.

“You can’t control the weather but when it is dry, we have a world-class spinner in [Graeme] Swann and the seamers know how to reverse the ball. But we back ourselves in all English conditions really.

“It was a great knock from Joe Root. He was under pressure in that second innings but we all know what a great player.”

England batsman Kevin Pietersen was a notable absentee during the days play as he continued to receive treatment on a hamstring injury, but Cook suggested that the injury was not as bad as first feared.

“KP’s injury is just a strain, thankfully it’s not a tear, and hopefully he will be fit for Old Trafford.”

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