Cook focuses on positives despite 'limp' end to series


England captain Alastair Cook remained focused on the positives of a series win over South Africa despite a heavy defeat in the fourth and final Test.

Cook's men came into the clash at Centurion with the series already secure thanks to victories at Kingsmead and the Wanderers.

Resuming on the final day on 52-3, England were quickly skittled for 101 by Kagiso Rabada as South Africa wrapped up a convincing success by 280 runs to salvage some pride.

Although disappointed with the manner of his side's demise, Cook was able to reflect positively on the series as a whole.

"It was a limp batting performance which sums it up perfectly," he said in his post-match presentation.

"We spoke about trying to build a partnership to start with, with them being a bowler down maybe, but it proves sometimes you can talk too much and we didn't back that up with any actions today.

"It's been a disappointing five days, the way we've played, we haven't quite been on it. Credit to South Africa, we weren't at the races.

"But we'll enjoy today, enjoy the moment, winning the series away from home which not many people thought we could do.

"We have the ability to change games very quickly if we're struggling with the bat, we can change the game quickly. Or with the ball we get on a roll and it's hard to stop us, it makes us a dangerous side to play against.

"I can't really fault the lads too much, we're standing here having won 2-1, they've done well but it shows how much work we still have to do.

"Credit to the lads and to our supporters, who put a smile on our faces, even when we lose as badly as we did today."