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Moores: We needed that

England coach Peter Moores has expressed his relief the team ended their run of Tests without success following their 266-run win over India.

Alastair Cook's men had gone ten Test matches without a win, a run that stretched to August last year, prior to Thursday's triumph over India in the third Test at the Ageas Bowl.

The tourists resumed on 112-4 chasing a target of 445 at the start of the final day and were all out for 178 before lunch, spinner Moeen Ali finishing with career-best figures of 6-67.

England had failed to win following a 74-run victory over Australia in the fourth Test of last summer's Ashes on home soil and Moores insists it was vital to return to winning ways.

\"I'm pleased, very pleased for the lads and everyone else in the set-up. Everyone has been working very hard over the last few months to get a win,\" Moores told Sky Sports.

\"It was important to get back into the series, get it back to 1-1 with two to play. That was something that we were aiming for in this Test match.

\"We needed a win, of that there was no doubt and get some confidence. You're trying to get some connections to people about how you do things and I think there's enough from this game and how we played that we can talk about after this that if we play this sort of cricket we've got a great chance of winning Test matches.

\"If you don't get over the line it's not as easy for maybe a young player to actually understand that actually this is the way we've got to play our cricket if we're to be successful.\"

Captain Cook made a welcome return to form in the third Test, contributing 95 runs in the first innings and an unbeaten 70 in the second.

Cook had been under increasing pressure to deliver following a barren spell with the bat and Moores believes the Essex man can be very pleased with his efforts this week.

\"He knew he had to deliver. You know you're under pressure as an international player, especially as an international captain. He was getting to the point for him he really wanted to add something,\" Moores continued.

\"For Alastair he wanted to be contributing to the team he's captaining. In this match he's had a huge influence, not only as a batter, but as a captain so he can be very proud.\"