England captain Alastair Cook has challenged India for the next test at Old Trafford. He has vowed not to let the pressure decrease and push for the lead at Old Trafford. England beat India by 266 runs at Southampton as the visitors collapsed for the second time in two days. England have the momentum with them going into the fourth test.

Cook said, “We were relentless and never let India off the hook. It takes a lot of skill and determination to do that. We did not let up. Now everyone knows what it is like, the challenge is to repeat it at Old Trafford and try and win the series. This summer we’ve played good cricket for one or two sessions out of three. But here, while bowling, we managed to keep that pressure for the whole session. And with the bat we got greedy that set up the game. Scoreboard pressure told and we had as good a game as you could have. We performed really well, to a man. The guys who were questioned really delivered. It’s great to see Bell score a big hundred. When you set the game up like we did you get ahead of the game and can dictate it.”

He added, “Gary Ballance ran to collect a stump and I had forgotten that they did not know what it was like to win a Test match. The important thing is we back it up and take it on to Old Trafford. The weight has lifted. I felt I’d turned the corner at Lord’s. That knock in the first innings meant a lot. It was a strange, but nice feeling. Moeen deserves full credit for his six-wicket haul. I haven’t seen a bowler who has improved so much in such a short time.”


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