Alastair Cook was an ecstatic man after the first test against South Africa in Durban. After all, his side had managed to trounce the world’s number one test side in their own backyard. Cook had every reason to be elated as this is indeed a rare feat.
Speaking after the game, Cook said that he was simply thrilled by the result. “It was an interesting toss, the overheads were suggesting you want to bowl first but the pitch was quite dry,” Cook said.
We would also have bowled first. It was a matter of getting through that first day. The way Nick Compton played really set up the first innings.
From that moment on, the guys bowled particularly well to take 20 wickets and we scored enough runs in the second innings.” “It was particularly pleasing to back up our form under pressure in a Boxing Day Test match.”
“It can turn very quickly. They have world-class players so we can?t get too carried away. But it would be nice to get our noses ahead again and to continue to put pressure on South Africa,” said an alert Cook.
Cook summed up England’s wonderful run in test cricket by mentioning that the team had taken giant strides.
“The guys have taken big strides forward as a team over the last eight months or so. It’s a good side to captain, there’s a good balance, the guys are happy and they seem really hungry. Potentially this team can do some really good things. There’s so much talent in this side. But it will take relentless hard work and good results over a long period of time.”