Although, James Anderson was in the running, after overtaking Glenn McGrath to become the highest wicket-taking pacer in Tests on day five of the same match, Alastair Cook scored his 33rd hundred and 218 runs in the match, securing the win for England and Player of the Match Award.
Alastair Cook on James Anderson -
“To see Jimmy pass Glenn McGrath's record was brilliant. That was the hardest bit, him and Broady are the ones I've played the most with, to know I'll never stand at slip and drop another catch off them is sad. We've lived in each other's pockets for 12 years. Been a privilege to play with England's greatest cricketer, no disrespect to any other guys, his skills to do it time and time again, you almost take it for granted, that's he's going to hit a length. The game was a little bit tight, but he didn't miss his length once.”
James Anderson on Alastair Cook -
"Happy that Cooky was on the field to see that wicket, it's been a tough week. When they were building the partnership it was looking like they would get close, my job was just to hold an end. Thankfully we took the new ball and gave me a chance to get the wicket. He's my best mate. He's been brilliant, just to be there for me all the time,"
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