Cook tribute to centurion KP

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ALASTAIR Cook put in much of the spadework to help level the Test series against India - but he knows who did even more to turn an “incredible” contest England’s way.

Captain Cook and ‘game-changer’ Kevin Pietersen are both on a par with three greats of English cricket as their country’s most prolific centurions after their innings in the second Test.

On the back of Pietersen’s brilliant 186 and Cook’s fourth successive century in as many matches as England Test captain, Monty Panesar and Graeme Swann exploited a spinners’ pitch expertly for a 10-wicket victory in little more than three days at the Wankhede Stadium.

Panesar finished with a career-best 11 wickets in the match, and Swann eight, as India were bowled out for 142 despite Gautam Gambhir’s 65.

“There are not many people in the world who could do what Kev did,” Cook said. “It was the difference between the two teams. He took the game away from India.

“It’s been an incredible three and a half days from the lads - with the character we have shown from last week.

“We could have let our heads drop down but we came here, worked as hard as we could in the nets and we took that belief and form we needed into the game. That is as good a game as I have been involved in for England.”