Alastair Cook chose the perfect two words to describe the mood in the England dressing room after his team had retained the Ashes. “Very pleasant,” the captain said, which summed up the combination of soggy anticlimax on a wet Monday in Manchester and deep satisfaction.
His oratory was suitably downbeat. “It’s obviously a great feeling and a slightly strange feeling,” he said. “It’s been a bit of a strange day - the weather hasn’t been ideal and it hasn’t quite got the atmosphere because of that. But the feeling in the dressing room is a very pleasant one.
“To retain the Ashes after three games, playing some really good cricket in the first two and fighting hard here - I’d have bitten your hand off if you’d offered me that at the start of the series. Two-nil up with two to play is a good place to be.”
“Our first objective was to retain the Ashes, now I want to win them,” Cook said. “Now we need to up our levels at Durham.”
Border optimistic about Aus resurgence
Melbourne: Former Test captain and selector Allan Border feels Australia has “turned a corner.” The Australians narrowly lost the first Test by 14 runs before a demoralising defeat at Lord’s.
Border, who led Australia out of its mid-1980s slump, said Tuesday in a members-only section of the Cricket Australia’s website that “the way this side is going over the next few months, look out. Australia has the momentum.”