Ashes: Alastair Cook salutes England match-winner Stuart Broad
England captain Alastair Cook said words could not do justice to Stuart Broad's performance in the fourth Test.
Last Updated: 13/08/13 11:11am
Man-of-the-match Broad took 6-50 as Australia, chasing 299 to win at Chester-le-Street, collapsed from 147-1 to 224 all out.
At one point Broad took 3-2 in 17 balls, and from his first to his last wicket he took 6-20 in 45 balls.
Tim Bresnan chipped in with two vital wickets, as the pair ran through the Australia order after Chris Rogers (49) and David Warner (71) had opened with a stand of 109.
"That was a great spell of bowling wasn't it? It really turned the game on its head. I can't really praise him enough, words don't do it justice," said Cook.
"At 120-1...I thought Australia batted very well. We didn't quite get it right but the character and the skill to turn it around after tea was a fantastic effort.
"As a captain and knowing how important how that session was - if we lost that session we would have been struggling.
"Broady knew that and the lads knew that. He really charged in. When everything clicks and bowling in the high 80s with the control he has it's incredibly hard to bat."
"Tim Bresnan really dried it up at one end. We talk about bowling in partnerships. Broady took the wickets but without Bresnan banging it in at the other and going at one an over, Broady would have found it harder.
"He does it time and time again and when he gets it right like that he is very, very hard to play. Huge credit to him - a few of those balls would have got a lot of people out.
Cook also picked out Ian Bell - whose second innings century was his third of the series - for praise.
"We were 50-3 and he's come in and played an outstanding innings," said Cook. "He's in great form. He's a fantastic player to watch but he's got them in really gritty circumstances. "
And Cook said the players had fed off the atmosphere after tea as Broad was given vocal support by the England supporters.
"That noise in that last session was fantastic. I think Durham should take a lot of credit for this Test. It was fantastic wicket to play Test cricket on and to sell it out for four days was a fantastic effort," he said.
"I think we are very lucky as an England side. It doesn't matter where we play, whether it's at home or abroad, we always get fantastic support. For all the 11 players who played in this Test match we thank the crowd who have supported us."