England v India: It is start of a recovery, promises Alastair Cook

England v India: Alastair Cook insists he never lost faith in his side after an emphatic 2-1 series win on Sunday

Alastair Cook has insisted that he always had full faith in his England team-mates after sealing a 3-1 series victory over India at The Oval on Sunday.

The hosts won by an innings and 244 runs to back up their victories at the Rose Bowl and Old Trafford after losing to India in the second Test at Lord’s.

It is the start of a recovery. There are going to be a number of tough times ahead, but we have experienced a lot of tough times

Alastair Cook

Cook, who came under criticism following the defeat at the home of cricket fresh from a series loss to Sri Lanka earlier this summer, hailed England’s fantastic response.

“A five-match series gives you a chance to always come back. I had full faith in our ability, it was about stringing performances together,” Cook told ECB’s website.

“The guys have done that now. I don’t think we have lost a session since then (Lord’s). We possibly lost yesterday afternoon, when we lost four wickets, which was slightly disappointing.

“But apart from that we have been fantastic. Credit to every single guy and the coaching staff, (Peter) Mooresy and Paul Farbrace; they have been immense behind the scenes. It means a lot to us.

“It is the start of a recovery. There are going to be a number of tough times ahead, but we have experienced a lot of tough times. Through that becomes the good times.

“Just because we won this series doesn’t mean everything is all rosy. But it is a start. We keep re-emphasising that as a team.”

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