Anderson praises captain Cook for leading by example with the bat to put England on brink of series win
11:21 GMT, 9 December 2012
Relaxing after the win: Jimmy Anderson raises a glass after the win
England paceman James Anderson praised the leadership skills of captain Alastair Cook after leading the side to a seven-wicket win over India in the third Test in Kolkata.
Cook's 190 in the first innings helped set the tourists on their way at Eden Gardens before the bowlers took over to dismiss India for 247 on their second turn at the crease.
That left England with a victory target of 41 runs and, despite a last-minute wobble, Ian Bell and Nick Compton settled nerves to move the team 2-1 ahead in the series with one match to play.
It followed an impressive performance in the second Test in Mumbai last week, and Anderson admits they could not have done it without captain Cook.
'The first Test we saw how it was going to be tough for us,' he told BBC Five Live's Sportsweek.
'We bounced back last week but to come here and put in an equally good performance was something special.
'Cook has been brilliant. The amount of runs he's got in the last three games have been incredible and he's crucial to the team. His first-innings score was a huge factor in us winning the game.
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'He's the sort of guy who likes to lead from the front, lead by example, and he just wants to go out there and show what he can do and hopes everyone follows him. And we're certainly doing that.'
Anderson finished with six wickets in the match, but thinks spinners Graeme Swann (three wickets) and Monty Panesar (five) also deserve credit for the part they played.
'(Swann and Panesar) have been fantastic in the last two games,” said Anderson.
'Monty especially, having not played much international cricket over the last 12 months.
'He's settled back in brilliantly and got us crucial wickets at crucial times, and he's done that throughout the game.
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'With Swanny, we know what we're going to get with him. As in this game, getting the crucial wicket of (Virender) Sehwag which started off that run for us in that session yesterday.'
Anderson is already turning his attention to the fourth Test in Nagpur next week, where England have the chance to secure a 3-1 series win.
But the paceman sounded a note of caution, saying: “We've got a lot of improving to do.
'We're really pleased with the last two wins, but going into the fourth Test we want to win the series outright and put in a really good performance to finish with.
'We really want to focus on the last game and if we can win that and win the series outright we can celebrate after that.'