Cook lauds "outstanding" bowling effort
Alastair Cook hailed England’s ruthless second-innings demolition of New Zealand in the first Investec Test as one of the best bowling performances he has witnessed.
Stuart Broad led the way with career-best figures of 7-44 as the Black Caps were routed for 68 in 22.3 overs, handing England victory by 170 runs.
With Broad and new-ball partner James Anderson - who chipped in with 2-23 - so impressive, Cook was not required to make a bowling change.
That ensured England used only two bowlers in a completed all-out Test innings for the first time since December 1936, when Bill Voce and Sir Gubby Allen dismantled Australia in Brisbane.
“That hour Jimmy and Broady bowled there was as good as any bowling I've seen in an opening spell,” said Cook, referring to the stint before lunch that saw New Zealand slide to 29 for six.
“We'd have liked a few more this morning. We were trying to get 250-260 as a lead - we thought that would be a pretty tough chase.
“But even then 240 would have been the highest score of the game, and we knew if we put the ball in the right area we could cause damage.
“Of course, there's a lot of ifs in there - when you walk into the ground in the morning - so to actually deliver an outstanding performance today was a very good effort.”
Elaborating on Broad’s man-of-the-match display, Cook added: “Anyone who bowls at high-80s, from six-foot five or six, and bangs a good length - and it's swinging - it's going to be very hard.
“I know as an opening batter: if you're challenging off stump enough - like he does - it's very hard work.
"He's got all the attributes of being a world-class bowler and when he gets it totally right like he did today he's an absolute nightmare (to face).”
Broad was modest in his assessment of the game, declaring that his match award should have gone to new-ball partner Anderson, who took seven wickets in the contest and passed 300 Test scalps along the way.
"This award should have gone to Jimmy, he was fantastic in this Test. He picked up his 300th wicket and he's a pleasure to bowl with," Broad said.
"I think in the context of the game, we needed to set the tone in that hour (prior to lunch).
"I think the wicket just quickened up that little bit, so the fuller length was very 'nickable'.
"We talked as a bowling unit very quickly about just giving the ball a chance, getting it up there - 'if we get driven early, it's a lot better than getting cut'.
"We managed to do that as a partnership, and took our catches as well.
"I'm delighted with the way we stuck at it as a unit today, and it's obviously fantastic to contribute to an England win."
Broad’s haul surpassed the 7-72 he returned here against West Indies 12 months ago and represented another example of the seamer getting on a seemingly unstoppable roll.
“Lord's is a special place to do it; it's great to be back on that honours board,” added the 26-year-old.
“I like Lord's, I like the Nursery End. It can be a great place to bat but when conditions are in your favour it can be a great place to bowl.
"It's about rhythm as a bowler. I felt my stride pattern has been pretty good throughout the summer.
"So I had confidence going into today, 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 long as you put the work in, and challenge that off stump often enough, that will happen for you.”
Broad took particular delight from the wicket of Hamish Rutherford, who was cleaned up by a snorter that seamed up the Lord’s slope.
He explained: “It's something I've worked on actually, in New Zealand and since coming back - running it across the left-handers.
"To Hamish, you can't give him any width. I think that's obvious from the 170 he got in Dunedin - he just thrives on it.
"So I wanted to try to pitch it on the stumps and run it across him. It's quite hard to run it up the hill, but that one managed to do it.
"It was nice to see the off stump going, and nice to see the hard work on that particular ball has paid off for one delivery - and a lot more this summer, I hope.”