England skipper Alastair Cook said that his team is hungry for more success. He expressed his team’s attitude after winning the first Test against South Africa by 241 runs in Durban.
The year has been a mixture for the England team in the Test format. They won the Ashes series as well as won the first Test match of the four-match Test series in the South African tour. On the other hand, England drew the Test series against New Zealand (in England) and West Indies (in West Indies) while they lost the series against Pakistan in UAE.
Cook spoke out about the current team, “Over the last eight months or so the guys have taken big strides forward as a side. Potentially, this team can do some really good things. This a good side to captain; we feel balanced, the guys feel particularly happy and really hungry to push on. You see the guys training – from one to 17 in this squad – and think ‘there’s good times ahead’. There are going to be some tough times, there always are, but it was a pleasing five days.”
Cook is on focus in the ongoing series. He said, “The danger is the word complacency, but that won’t happen in our squad – that’s not where we’re at as a side. There is a big opportunity that presents itself when you play like that but it can turn very quickly. Let’s not get too carried away but it would be great if we can continue to push pressure on South Africa in the next game. This team are very talented to start with and hungry to do well. Playing for England means so much to the guys and it’s such a fantastic thing to be able to do and say. The guys know what’s out there for them if they’re prepared to work hard.”
The last time England won the Test series against South Africa in the South Africa at 2004/05.