England win first series in India for 28 years

Last updated 08:26 18/12/2012
Alastair Cook
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VICTORY: Captain Alastair Cook said the win in India was on par with the Ashes.

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England have secured their first test cricket series victory in India for 28 years with a dominant display of defiance on the fifth day of the fourth and final test in Nagpur.

Up 2-1 after winning the second and third tests, England began the final day of the decider at 161-3 in their second innings, with a lead of 165 runs and probably only needing to bat for another session to secure a draw.

They did more than that, losing just one wicket in 75 overs before stumps were pulled an hour early.

England had moved through to 352-4, the signicant partnership being that of Ian Bell and Jonathan Trott, who combined for 208 runs from 470 balls for the fourth wicket.

Trott was the only man dismissed on the final day, for a 310-ball 143, while Bell was unbeaten on 116, from 306 balls, when stumps were pulled.

England captain Alastair Cook told reporters the victory in India was "on-par" with an Ashes triumph.

"It is obviously a very special day, a special tour," he said.

"I think it is on a par with the Ashes. As an Englishman winning in Australia after so long meant a huge amount. But to be in that that dressing room there for that last half an hour knowing what we had achieved was a very special place and it will live long in my memory."

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