CHESTER-LE-STREET, May 31: England captain Alastair Cook praised his side�s determination after a series-clinching win over Sri Lanka.
Monday�s nine-wicket success in the second Test at the Riverside gave England an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the three-match campaign.
Cook went on to become the youngest player to score 10,000 Test runs on Monday.
�The 10,000 has been a milestone that has driven me over the last few years,� said left-handed opener Cook.
�You get tested at the top of the order in all conditions against the best bowlers bowling with the new ball ... And I�m glad I have hung around long enough not to get dropped,� added Cook, a veteran of 128 Tests.
As an opener, Cook knows all about the need for mental resilience and he was proud to see England show similar traits.
�It was tough. The pitch died a death and was a bit more like Colombo than the Chester-le-Street we have known in the past,� he said. � AFP