ENGLAND captain Alastair Cook hailed bowler Stuart Broad as an “absolute nightmare” for opposition batsmen, after the seamer tore through New Zealand in yesterday’s landslide first Test win at Lord’s.
Cook’s men triumphed by 170 runs as the tourists were bowled out for an embarrassing 68 in their second innings, with Broad taking seven wickets for just 44 runs.
“He’s got all the attributes of being a world class bowler and when he gets it totally right, like he did, he’s an absolute nightmare [to face],” Cook enthused.
“I know as an opening batter: if you’re challenging off stump enough – like he does – it’s very hard work.”
Broad received the man of the match award, yet said that fellow seamer James Anderson would also have been a worthy winner.
“He [Anderson] was fantastic in this Test,” Broad said. “He picked up his 300th wicket and he’s a pleasure to bowl with.”
Anderson notched his 300th Test wicket in New Zealand’s first innings, during which he dismissed five batsmen.
Only Sir Ian Botham, Bob Willis and Fred Trueman have reached the same milestone for England.