The England team pose with the trophy and rightly so. They have deserved all the accolades and will be buoyed with the win. The tourists will hope for a change of fortune in the limited overs contests. Do join us for the first ODI between these two teams on the 25th August, 2014. Until then, it's goodbye and take care!
England captain, ALASTAIR COOK - Calls it an amazing turnaround. Credits the guys for playing well along with the coaching staff for working with them. Admits that they played good cricket in patches but let it go. They did well to keep the pressure well on the Indians in this series. Calls it good to get the support from the team during the tough times. Mentions that the first day of the third Test was key with Ballance and Bell batting well and scoring big tons. Says that we have a lot of Test cricket coming up, so they will enjoy today and then prepare for the tour to West Indies. Adds that you will have tough times, but it is your character that stands out.
Indian captain, MS DHONI - Admits that they never really competed in the last three Tests. The batting has not been good, they have not been confident. Hopes that the youngsters learn from this and do well when they tour again. Adds that the batsmen did not perform for them, the lower order covered the failure of the top order. Calls the wickets good ones, apart from the Lord's one. Credits the English bowlers for keeping their lines and bowling in the right areas. Says that it was tough dropping any of the top order batsmen to try any other combination. Admits they had enough time to prepare for the series and the first two Tests were good. Confesses that Bhuvi was tired but they did not have anyone to replace him. Says that they are lacking experience and that is not helping them compete better. Adds that they have a few impressive ones coming in for the ODIs and wants them to just express themselves on the field.
BHUVNESHWAR KUMAR - INDIA'S MAN OF THE SERIES. Starts off saying that these are tough times but it is important to learn from them. Adds that in a 5-match Test series it is difficult to cope up with the workload. Calls it a learning curve for them, playing in England. Says that you always enjoy bowling in England, he backed himself and just tried to do his best.
JAMES ANDERSON - ENGLAND'S MAN OF THE SERIES. Says they fought back very well. Adds that he has enjoyed bowling, all the bowlers have done well. Adds that the decks were good for them and it makes a difference. Credits to all the bowlers for bowling well. Says that the batsmen set it up for them and the scoreboard pressure does help them bowl better. Hopes to get through as many Tests as he can.
JOE ROOT - MAN OF THE MATCH. He starts off saying that it is always nice to score runs and to finish how they have is good. Adds that Lord's was a tough one and is pleased that they showed character to come back. Mentions, the winter was difficult for him, now he is just looking to score rather than looking to just survive. Calls it just a start, as they look to get to be a top Test team.
England will be delighted with the series result, all looked doom and gloom for them after the defeat at the Lord's. But ever since the drop of Cook on 15 by Jadeja in the 3rd Test, India have gone down badly, putting no fight at all. It became embarrassing for India when their tail batted better than their top order in the last three Tests. Their star players did not perform in Pujara and Kohli. England got benefited from the poor cricket from India and the pair of James Anderson and Moeen Ali, yes Ali wrecked havoc for India
England inserted India in and bowled them out cheaply for 148. Dhoni was the lone warrior for India scoring 82 runs. England in their reply amassed 486 runs thanks to a magnificent unbeaten 149 from Root and half centuries from Cook and Ballance. The India bowlers did manage to break the middle order but the tail wagged with a handy knock from Broad. India were 9/2 at Lunch and they folded up for 94 with Jordan taking 4/18. Such was India's submission that they lasted just 29.2 overs. This was also their lowest score at The Oval yet again losing by an innings and 244 runs.
ENGLAND WIN THE SERIES 3-1! Well played, England! Well played! The crowd gives them a standing ovation and rightly so. They have turned the series around with some very good cricket and absolutely poor cricket from India. Not many would have expected India to win this series but the way India have capitulated was disappointing.
Chris Jordan to Ishant Sharma
OUT! The final nail in the coffin! Bowls it shorter on off, Ishant pushes at it tamely. The ball lobs up in the air and the Ali gets under it and takes the catch from silly point. The players come together and celebrate the win. This is India's lowest total at The Oval. ENGLAND WIN BY AN INNINGS AND 244 RUNS!
Sharma look to push it towards the off side but misses.
Chris Woakes to Stuart Binny
Binny pushes it towards the off side.
WIDE! Bowls it shorter down the leg side, the umpire wides it.
Shorter down the leg side, Binny ducks under it.
Fuller outside off, Binny drives it through the off side.
Binny pushes this one towards the off side.
Good length on off, Binny defends it.
Bowls it down the leg side, Binny fails to clip it.
Fuller on middle, Ishant clips it through mid-wicket for a couple of runs. Ishant gets off the mark.
Good length on off, Ishant defends it back down the wicket.