Winning a test series away from home is an achievement in itself and worth lauding. But winning a test series in South Africa is something simply exceptional. Alastair Cook, England’s inspiring skipper said that he was simply ecstatic at his team’s performance in South Africa. Though England lost the fourth and final test by 280 runs, Cook said that his side had all the reasons to celebrate.
“We’ve got players who can change the game, moments when we get on a roll and it’s hard to stop us. Taking our catches makes a massive difference to the side. But we’ll enjoy today, enjoy the moment, credit to the lads and to our supporters, who put a smile on our faces even when we lose as badly as we did today,” said a vibrant Cook.
Speaking about the fourth test, Cook said, “It’s been a disappointing five days, the way we’ve played, haven’t quite been on it. Credit to South Africa, we weren’t at the races today. We spoke about trying to build a partnership to start with, get these guys into their second and third spells… We didn’t get the balance right, we try and play positive but you have to earn the right. Can’t really fault the lads too much, we’re standing here having won 2-1, they’ve done well but it shows how much work we still have to do. This match was a bit different, in terms of the toss being quite important.”
All rounder Ben Stokes was named the Man of Series for his stellar displays with the bat as well as with the ball. Stokes admitted that he loved batting more than his bowling. “I think batting but it’s nice to be contributing with both. just let each other play the way we want to. The accidental yorker comes out every now and again, but yeah, it’s nice to chip in with wickets as well,” said Stokes.