• England v Australia, 1st Investec Test, Trent Bridge, 5th day

Cook: England not dependent on Anderson

ESPNcricinfo staff
July 14, 2013
England's victory was secured thanks to the unstinting efforts of James Anderson © Getty Images

Alastair Cook played down fears that England are over-reliant upon James Anderson as the fast bowler almost single-handedly hauled his team to victory in a nerve-wracking climax to the first Investec Test at Trent Bridge.

Anderson returned match figures of 10 for 158, with five wickets in each innings, and removed the last four Australia wickets as England's four-strong attack came under tremendous strain.

It was Anderson's 13-over morning spell, as he bowled for nearly two hours, and then the need for him to return after lunch to silence a rousing Australia last-wicket stand, that caused disquiet around the England ranks, with the second Test at Lord's only four days away.

"Jimmy was outstanding," Cook said. "He always wants one more over and I think 13 was quite a lot in that two hours. He had a little bit of cramp and he blamed me for it.

"He is a world-class bowler and you sometimes use him in these situations when you know there is a certain time frame. He had an amazing rhythm in this game.

"But Broady and Finny have done outstandingly well for us over a large period of time. It just happened to be Jimmy's day and Jimmy's game."

Cook scored Test runs galore in Australia two years ago but his first Ashes Test as captain was something different. "I always said I would be the only England captain not to go bald, but after days like today, it might not help that," he said.

Asked by Sky Sports whether it had been his best performance in an England shirt, Anderson said: "Yeah I'd say so. We knew it wasn't going to be easy at the start of the day, but I thought the lads stuck to it and stayed calm when it was getting tough.

"I'm just delighted to get the win. I had the nerves going a little bit but I love bowling here, it's been good to me over the years and I'm happy that I could pick up some more wickets.''

Asked if he could maintain the same levels of workload across the series, he said: "If I'm bowling 13-over spells it's going to be difficult! But it's Ashes cricket. I love playing Test match cricket and the Ashes is right up there, and that's why we do the hard work in the gym - to get out there and bowl long spells.''

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