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Captain Alastair Cook described England's first series win in India in almost 28 years as "very special" after the tourists secured the draw they needed in Nagpur today.

Resuming the final day of the fourth Test on 3-161 - an overall lead of 165 - Jontahan Trott (143) and Ian Bell (116 not out) batted England out of reach on a lifeless deck before time was called early with the tourists on 4-352.

"It's a very special day for us, it's been a special tour and we'll have great memories," Cook said.

"Today was a fantastic effort by Trott and Bell. It was a flat pitch, but how calmly they batted was fantastic."

This was India's first home defeat since Australia won there in 2004 and man of the series Cook, who scored centuries in each of the first three Tests, praised the way his team had recovered from losing the first Test by nine wickets to record a 2-1 success.

"The bowlers have been brilliant and our batters have contributed big runs," he said.

"Everyone in the squad can be very proud, especially after Ahmedabad and that heavy defeat.

"The guys who played a couple of games all made a difference and the amount of effort the guys have put in for me, I can't ask any more.

"It's always nice when it goes well but I can't praise the team enough. And the support we've had everywhere we've gone, not just from the Barmy Army but also the Indian public, has been fantastic."

James Anderson was named man of the match for his four wickets in India's first innings and home skipper MS Dhoni said the Lancashire swing ace had been the difference between the two seam attacks.

"He bowled really well and tested the batsmen quite often but the batsmen must take responsibility for not putting runs on the board," Dhoni said.

The series win rescues a miserable year for England, who lost their world No1 ranking and were whitewashed 3-0 by Pakistan in the UAE and beaten 2-0 at home by South Africa, the team who replaced them at the top.

They also saw skipper Andrew Strauss step down, while star batsman Kevin Pietersen was dumped from the side for the deciding Test against South Africa after he was found to have sent text messages to members of the opposing team deriding Strauss.

Pietersen was only included in the squad to tour India at the last minute, following a period of "reintegration", but he then produced an incredible innings to help win the Test in Mumbai and square the series at 1-1.

Next up for Cook's side is a trip to New Zealand in March before they host the Kiwis at home and then take on Australia in back-to-back Ashes series.

India will host Australia in a four-Test series, starting in February.