Alastair Cook has heaped praise on England team after their emphatic 169-run win over Australia in the opening Test of the Ashes 2015 series, at Cardiff.

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According to AFP, Stuart Broad led England to a 169-run victory in the first Ashes Test as Australia collapsed either side of lunch on the fourth day at Cardiff’s Sophia Gardens on Saturday. Australia, well-placed at 97 for one, slumped to 106 for five as four wickets fell for just nine runs in 36 balls. READ: Australia must learn to thrive on flat decks

Chasing a record-breaking 412 for victory, Ashes-holders Australia were dismissed for 242 after tea. Fast-medium bowler Broad took three for 39 in 14 overs as England enjoyed an emphatic win in their first match under new Australian coach Trevor Bayliss. READ: Ashes 2015: Australia needs serious introspection after humiliating defeat to England in 1st Test at Cardiff

As if defeat wasn’t bad enough for Australia, left-arm fast bowler Mitchell Starc — who took five wickets in England’s first innings — was struggling to be fit in time for Thursday’s second Test at Lord’s after injuring his ankle.