Champions Trophy 2013: Cook delighted to secure semi-final spot

Champions Trophy 2013: England captain Alastair Cook says he is pleased to secure a "stressful" 10-run win against New Zealand

By Callum Orr
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Alastair Cook's men beat New Zealand by 10 runs Photo: The Sport Review

Alastair Cook admitted he was delighted to secure a place in the Champions Trophy semi-finals after England’s “stressful” 10-run victory over New Zealand.

The hosts made hard work of the win, with their target of 170 runs in a game reduced to 24 overs per side appearing to be well within the Black Caps’ reach, after England lost their last seven wickets for a feeble 28 runs.

But with the ball in hand, Cook’s men bowled magnificently to restrict New Zealand to 159-8, despite a late scare with Kane Williamson producing a brilliant 67 runs off of 54 balls.

And although the 28-year-old was pleased with his side’s bowling efforts, the captain admitted the margin of victory was a little too close for comfort.

“It was quite a stressful day,” said Cook.

“I always felt we were just above the rate but you can get as many as you want but you always want more.

“It was a very fine bowling performance, and we were very good in the field today and okay with the bat.”

Alluding to England’s late collapse, the captain added that he was still relatively pleased with the score, despite some criticism from the media.

“We were 10 or so runs short, but 170 is still a very good score,” he added.

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