England v New Zealand: Cook praises Broad and Anderson

England v New Zealand: Alastair Cook praises the impact of his fast bowlers as they helped hosts romp to victory in the first Test

By James Dutton

Captain Alastair Cook praised the impact of his fast bowlers as they helped England romp to a 170-run victory in the first Test against New Zealand.

The opening pair of James Anderson and Stuart Broad bowled unchanged in the second innings at Lord’s as they skittled the Kiwis for 68 in just 22.3 overs, with the latter taking Test-best figures of 7-44.

Cook said: “That was as good as any bowling I’ve seen in an opening spell.

“Jimmy and Broad have played a lot of cricket together and we are lucky to have their experience and skill.”

Having been set 239 to win after England collapsed to 213 all out early on the fourth day, Broad claimed five wickets in his first five overs to shatter the tourists.

Broad claimed the spell was his best ever in Test cricket, but was eager to praise the contribution of Anderson, who became the fourth England bowler to claim 300 Test wickets in the first innings.

“It’s about rhythm as a bowler,” he said. “I felt my stride pattern has been pretty good throughout the summer.

“I had confidence, knowing if I got the ball up there, there was enough in the wicket to help the bowlers out.

“I just hit my straps straightaway. It happens like that. Some days you get the nicks; some days you don’t.

“As a partnership today, the pressure Jimmy and I built, we didn’t really give them anything.

“I’ve come away with seven wickets but Jimmy was the leader of this attack. He got to 300 Test wickets and got five wickets in the first innings and he should be coming up to get this man-of-the-match award.”

Despite cantering to victory with a day-and-a-half to spare, captain Cook admitted that England’s batting remains a concern after they collapsed in both innings.

“We wanted more runs, but cricket’s a strange game and sometimes results like that happen,” he said.

“We can improve in all areas of our game, but a 170-run win is a big win.

“At 159-2 [on day three] with a lead of nearly 190, we were thinking ‘bat them out of the game’, but Tim Southee [6-50 in the second innings and 10-108 in the match] bowled outstandingly well for New Zealand.”

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