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Cook's Fortitude Impresses Moores

Alastair Cook
Peter Moores says he has been impressed by Alastair Cook's fortitude
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England coach Peter Moores has been highly impressed by Alastair Cook’s fortitude to lead his team out from a slump towards victory.

Moores believes the tough tide that Alastair Cook encountered in recent times can forge him to become something special.

Moores praised his skipper’s resilience to overcome criticism and leading his team with an example.

"He's one of those characters who, the more criticism he gets, the more determined he becomes," Moores told journalists at a press conference ahead of the fifth Test.

"He just gets steelier. He would openly admit that he's had a really tough ride. But that often can forge somebody into something special," he added.

Moores also admired the way Cook handled pressure, when his position as a captain was questioned after defeat at Lord’s. By then, Cook had led England without a win in 10 Test matches which included seven defeats.

Despite the criticism he faced from ex-England skippers Michael Vaughan and Sir Ian Botham, Cook made his intentions clear to continue leading his team in the future.

"The significant point came when he made it clear he was in it for the long haul. He made it clear he wanted to do the job. If other people didn't want him, then fine, he'd move on, but he made public his desire to captain England.

"He just said that he was going to give it everything he's got and he still has the same approach now."

Cook’s miserable run with the bat added further pressure on him as a player. Fortune smiled on Cook at Southampton, when he was dropped by Ravindra Jadeja while batting on 15. He went on to score 95 runs while laying the groundwork for a massive 266-run victory.

England carried on the confidence from Southampton to Manchester, where they crushed the visitors by an innings and 54 runs on day three of the Test match.

Moores lauded his skipper for leading his team by example and using ingenious tactics which helped his side take a 2-1 lead in the ongoing series.

"He is developing quickly as a captain tactically and has great values to lead with from example," Moores, in his second spell as England coach, said of his skipper.

The fifth and final Test match of the series will begin on Friday 15th August at The Kia Oval, London.

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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