ICC Champions Trophy 2013: Alastair Cook hails England's all-round performance against Australia

Alastair Cook praised James Anderson and Stuart Broad for producing a disciplined bowling effort © Getty

Birmingham: Jun 9, 2013

England skipper Alastair Cook said it was an all-round performance which helped his team to notch up a comprehensive 48-run victory over Australia and start their ICC Champions Trophy 2013 campaign on a perfect note at Edgbaston on Saturday.

“It was a good performances all-round, the pitch got slower and lower after 30 overs,” Cook said after his team restricted Australia to 221-9 after posting 269 for six while batting first.

The English team were 188 for two at one stage but a mini-collapse stopped their run flow and skipper Cook said they should have crossed the 300-mark.

“We should have got around 300 from where we were 180 for 2 but credit to them, they bowled well and we lost three wickets but then I thought 270 was good enough,” Cook said.

Cook also singled out James Anderson and Stuart Broad for producing a disciplined bowling effort.

“When they were 30 off 10, I thought Jimmy and Broady were exceptional. We didn’t give many freebies, that is what you expect from your bowlers. Jimmy is a great bowler, he just keeps getting better and better and we are lucky to have him,” he added.

Man of the Match Ian Bell, who scored 91 in 115 balls, said: “It was nice to get a decent score, I have been getting a lot of 30s and getting out. I was pleased to give us a good platform. I have enjoyed opening it’s nice to play some shots at the top of the order.

“The wicket was different to the ones we are used to, the pace went out of it halfway through our innings but to get to 180-2 meant we were in a good position.”

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