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James Anderson has praised Alastair Cook's resilience, admitting there were times he thought England's Ashes-winning skipper would step down in the face of harsh criticism.
Cook had his leadership skills attacked and his very place in the side questioned as both he and England toiled over a difficult 18-month period.
With many calling for Cook's head in the Test arena he was also dealt the blow of being ousted as one-day captain, but Anderson is delighted he has hit back in the best possible way, lifting the urn at Trent Bridge.
"I'll be honest, there were times when I thought Cooky was going to quit as captain," England's all-time leading wicket taker said in his column in the Sun.
"His leadership was criticised, even his personality was vilified. He was subjected to all manner of attacks. But he never lost the respect and support of his players and has now become only the third man after WG Grace and Mike Brearley to captain England to two Ashes successes at home."
Australia are four wickets down at tea in their second innings on the second day of the fourth Ashes test at Trent Bridge.
Chris Rogers brought up his half-century before being dismissed for 52 with Joe Root taking a stunning catch off a Ben Stokes corker.
Then, in the next over, David Warner brought up his fifty with a top-edged six but didn't last much longer than that after scooping a Stokes ball into the air for Stuart Broad to take a comfortable catch, the left-hander departing for 64.
Steven Smith went for five as Stokes returned the favour for Broad with a catch and Shaun Marsh managed just two after being caught at slip by Root from Stokes.
Australia are 138-4 and trail by 193 runs.
England captain Alistair Cook declared for 391-9 with a lead 331 on the second day of the fourth Ashes test.
The highlight of the innings was Joe Root's superb 130 whilst Jonny Bairstow managed a commendable 74.
Mitchell Starc bowled well as he finished the innings with six wickets for 111 runs.
Moeen Ali had a late charge with a wonderful 38 from 24 balls before he was superbly caught at slip by Steven Smith and England will be confident they've done enough to take the win.
Australia were bowled out for just 60 runs in less than 19 overs on the first day and face a huge task if they want to take this series to the final game and prevent England from regaining the Ashes.
Mitchell Starc bowled Jos Buttler with a beauty to take his sixth wicket of the innings as Australia desperately try to limit the damage after their disastrous opening day.
Australia were all out for 60 but Starc has bowled tremendously to take 6 wickets for 83 runs as England continued to 324-7 - a lead of 264.
Joe Root was caught behind for a magnificent 130 on the second day of the fourth Ashes test as England moved onto 297-5 to lead by 237 runs.
Root couldn't quite get going after his dominant day yesterday on an overcast morning at Trent Bridge.
Mitchell Starc took Root and then dismissed nightwatchman Mark Wood for 28 with a fabulous ball.
England captain Alistair Cook survived a dropped catch before reaching 43 and being trapped by Mitchell Starc lbw as his side look to take advantage of Australia's 60 all out on the first day of the fourth Ashes test.
Adam Lyth continued his miserable form as an England opener after he was caught behind for 14 and Ian Bell was out lbw for just one run with Starc taking all three wickets.
Joe Root came in to steady the ship as England reached 96 before losing Cook after a morning that saw Australia collapse dramatically and Stuart Broad take eight wickets for 15 runs.