Ashes 2013: Andy Flower praises England’s ‘resolve and resilience’
Ashes 2013: Andy Flower praises England's "resolve and resilience" after the hosts win the first Test by 14 runs at Trent Bridge
Andy Flower has praised England’s “resolve and resilience” after a 14-run victory over Australia in the first Test of the Ashes series at Trent Bridge on Sunday.
Alastair Cook’s men were forced to dig deep on the fifth day as the Wallabies closed in on an unlikely victory as Brad Haddin and James Pattinson frustrated the hosts with a 65-run partnership.
However, James Anderson, who took five second innings wickets, dismissed wicketkeeper Haddin to seal a first-Test win.
“It was a sensational game,” said Flower.
“I’m very proud of our team, obviously, for the resolve and the resilience they showed. They can take a lot of confidence from the way they held themselves, especially as our lead was whittled away.
“It’s obviously great to come out on top and we can go to Lord’s (which hosts the second Test from Thursday) with real confidence.”
The Zimbabwean added: “That’s why our guys work so hard on their fitness and they are mentally resilient – they have shown that.
“Over a number of Test match campaigns (they have) come out on top because of that resilience and I expect them to show that resilience at Lord’s.”