Alastair Cook delighted with England's response in cosy Napier win

Last Updated: 20/02/13 8:32pm

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Alastair Cook was full of praise for his England side after their impressive eight-wicket win over New Zealand in Napier.

A brilliant bowling performance from James Anderson, in particular, and some fine hitting from captain Cook, Jonathan Trott and Joe Root saw England across the winning line and levelled the one-day series at 1-1.

Cook said: "I thought the way we bowled up front was outstanding.

"Steven Finn and James Anderson really bowled well. We gave them nothing to get going, took some wickets, and put them under pressure.

"It was only a fantastic effort from Brendon McCullum that got them up to a decent score.

"We knew 270 was probably a little bit below par on that wicket. We knew if we kept our heads batting and kept wickets in hand, as it proved it was quite an easy chase."

Cook also picked out Yorkshire batsman Root for praise with his quickfire unbeaten 79 proving to be the springboard for victory.

"That Root can play - the way that he manoeuvres the ball around and then goes for the big shots, plus his placement, is exceptional. He just seems to know exactly what to do at exactly the right time."
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"He's been excellent since he came in, he's a really good kid," Cook added.

"He works really hard and he's got a lot of talent. He's got all the right things to make him a really good player.

"We need to keep his feet on the ground - you know what these Yorkshiremen are like - but he's done well."

McCullum accepted his side had fallen short in the runs department as he said: "We were 20 runs under par.

"I thought England's bowlers put us under a lot of pressure and with their batting they played brilliantly to knock off 270 fairly comfortably. Credit to them, I thought they bowled outstandingly, especially James Anderson."

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