After a famous fall out with the previous England Test captain, Kevin Pietersen has been high in praise for current skipper Alastair Cook.
Cook led England to a Test victory in Mumbai this week, levelling the series with India at 1-1 in the process. He led by example too, scoring a stunning century to help England gain a crucial 1st innings lead.
Pietersen was in top form too of course, scoring a majestic 186 and receiving the man-of-the-match award for his efforts. However, the controversial batsman was all about bigging up his skipper when reflecting on the five days.
Referring to Cook, KP said: “Alastair Cook will comfortably surpass any hundred total that anybody else who plays for England.
He is a super player, he is a super guy. He should go on to score thousands and thousands more runs.
He’s only 27. He’s a young pup, he is fit. He has a great head. He is very calm and nobody should beat him.”
Pietersen was also keen to talk about the atmosphere in the dressing room. Back in August, he was vocally critical of the team spirit, but now – without a certain Mr Strauss – he believes things are better than ever.
He continued: “The dressing room is absolutely fantastic. We’re sticking together really well, all helping each other out – and not letting things get on top of us.
If anybody is going through a rough time, everybody else is right behind them. It’s a very united dressing room at the moment.”
The players seem to be going overboard on making sure people know they are united too. After this morning’s 10-wicket victory, there were plenty of pictures of them together in the dressing room, beers in hands and smiles on faces.
There is certainly a fresh feel to Cook’s England and with two Test matches to go, they will be eyeing a famous series victory in India. It is 1-1 at the moment, but it is the tourists that have the momentum with Graeme Swann and Monty Panesar out bowling the Indian spinners.
Then, as long as Pietersen and Cook continue their fine form and some others – including the struggling Jonathan Trott – chip in, this could be a very, very significant few weeks for the current England set-up.
The 3rd Test gets underway in Kolkata on the 5th December.