England cricket captain Alastair Cook was quick to give praise to his fellow internationals, Stuart Broad and James Anderson, as they helped England to defeat New Zealand in the first test. Broad impressively took seven wickets through eleven overs, finishing with Test-best figures of 7-44, sending England to a promising 170 run victory over the New Zealanders.
On the fourth morning of the Test, England were bowled out for 213 and the Black Caps had their eyes on the 239 points they needed in order to defeat the home side, but they had no hope of overtaking England’s score after Stuart Broad took five wickets in five overs. James Anderson also helped England on their way to victory as he bowled Dean Brownlie out, leaving New Zealand 29-6 at lunchtime.
Stuart Broad recognised his own performance and commented, “It’s about rhythm as a bowler, 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.”
Broad continued to then praise Anderson, calling him the better player, “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.”
If England continues this current form with bowlers Stuart Broad and James Anderson taking wickets for fun, they will certainly reign victorious in the second Test, which will take place in Headingley this weekend. On the other hand, New Zealand are going to have to play at their absolute best if they are to defeat the home side. In addition to their lack of form, spinner Bruce Martin is flying home due to a calf injury. However, it has been confirmed that Daniel Vettori, veteran Kiwi spinner, is flying the UK to join the squad tomorrow.
Author Daniel Foster.
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