Wednesday 30 July 2014 

Video - Root Praises Captain Cook As England Close On Win

Watch as batsman Joe Root lauds the role captain Alastair Cook played in setting up England's victory push on day four of the third Test against India at The Ageas Bowl in Southampton.

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While Root played an eye-catching knock of 56 in 41 balls as England quickly built up a 444-run lead before declaring, he says he was able to play the shots he did because of Cook at the other end.

England's captain followed up 95 in the first innings with an unbeaten 70 in 114 balls as England declared on 205 for four.

By stumps they had reduced India to 112 for four to give themselves a strong chance of a victory that would level the series at 1-1.

"I think as games of cricket go or days of cricket go, that's one you want to have," Root said.

"To get the two early wickets like we did was fantastic and then a lot of credit has to go to (Alastair) Cook for the way he set the game up with the bat and the pace and the way he judged his innings pretty much down to a tee.

"We wanted to have a good session at them tonight and give ourselves a decent score on the board.

"The way he played meant that guys like myself, Ian (Bell) and Gary (Ballance) could be a bit more free at the other end.

"Then to go on and take four wickets as a side was fantastic. We wanted to get at least a couple but to make good inroads into their top order was really pleasing."

While Root has been in good form throughout the series for England, Cook, Bell and fast bowler James Anderson have not been at their best.

Root says he is pleased that those three players have performed in this match.

"It's good to see a lot of guys back into form. Like Jimmy (Anderson) has got five (wickets) now under his belt. Ian (Bell) with a big 100 and (Alistair) Cook with back-to-back 50s.

"Now, pretty much everyone has contributed over the summer. Hopefully that can continue throughout the rest of this series and throughout the rest of this game."

Video courtesy of SNTV.

© Cricket World 2014

Fixtures & Results

9th-13th July: 1st Test, Trent Bridge, Nottingham
India 457 & 391-9 dec. (Binny 78) drew with
England 496 (Root 154no, Anderson 81)
17th-21st July: 2nd Test, Lord's, London
India 295 & 342 (Vijay 95, Jadeja 68) beat
England 319 & 223 (Sharma 7-74) by 95 runs
27th-31st July: 3rd Test, The Ageas Bowl, Southampton
England 569-7 dec. & 205-4 dec. beat
India 330 & 178 (Ali 6-67) by 266 runs
7th-11th August: 4th Test, Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester
England 367 (Root 77, Buttler 70) beat
India 152 & 166 by an innings & 54 runs
15th-19th August: 5th Test, The Kia Oval, London
England 486 (Root 149no, Cook 79) beat
India 148 & 94 by an innings & 244 runs
25th August: 1st ODI, Bristol
Match abandoned without a ball being bowled due to rain
27th August: 2nd ODI, SWALEC Stadium, Cardiff
India 304-6 (Raina 100, Woakes 4-52) beat
England 161 (Jadeja 4-28) by 133 runs (D/L)
30th August: 3rd ODI, Trent Bridge, Nottingham
India 228-4 (Rayudu 64no) beat
England 227 (Cook 44) by six wickets
2nd September: 4th ODI, Edgbaston, Birmingham
India 212-1 (Rahane 106, Dhawan 97no) beat
England 206 (Moeen Ali 67) by nine wickets
5th September: 5th ODI, Headingley, Leeds
England 294-7 (Root 113, Buttler 49) beat
India 253 (Jadeja 87) by 41 runs
7th September: T20I, Edgbaston, Birmingham
England 180-7 (Morgan 71, Hales 40)
India 177-5 (Kohli 66) by three runs