Joe Root: 'England showed character'

Englands Joe Root acknowledges the crowd after he finished the innings 149 not out on the third day of the fifth cricket Test match between England and India at The Oval cricket ground in London on August 17, 2014
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England batsman Joe Root believes that the team showed "a lot of character" to secure a 3-1 series win against India.

Joe Root has said that England showed "a lot of character" on their way to a series win over India this summer.

The home side won the fifth Test at the Oval by an innings and 244 runs to win the five-match series 3-1.

The batsman, who was England's top scorer with an unbeaten 149 in the team's only innings, told BBC Sport: "It's always nice to score runs but to finish the way we have was very pleasing. To bounce back the way we have has shown a lot of character, the guys had to dig deep.

"The winter was not a highlight of my career, but it is great to come back and score. I was just looking to survive in the winter but now I'm looking to score and to put the pressure back on the bowlers.

"Hopefully things can keep improving as it's a long time till we play Test cricket again."

England dismissed India in their second innings for 94 in less than 30 overs earlier today.

Englands Joe Root acknowledges the crowd after he finished the innings 149 not out on the third day of the fifth cricket Test match between England and India at The Oval cricket ground in London on August 17, 2014
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