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The captain of the England Cricket team, Alastair Cook, has hailed Stuart Broad for his brilliant bowling performance in the second test match against New Zealand.

Broad took 6 wickets in New Zealand’s first inning and because of his great bowling spell; the Kiwi team got all out on just 254 runs and had to follow on.

However, England didn’t manage to win the match because of the rain interruptions in the last two days. The last day was completely washed out.

Talking to the reporters after the match, Cook said, “It was nice to see Broady bowling in great rhythm. He bowled like that after a while. The pitch was a flat one and there was not much happening there for the fast bowlers. To dismiss the whole New Zealand team on just 254 on that sort of wicket was really a wonderful effort.”

“I think Jimmy Anderson also bowled pretty well. He was running into the wind which was very strong and he did a fine job bowling from that end.”

When asked about Nick Compton who scored his second consecutive hundred in the series, Cook said, “Nick has played a couple of great knocks in the series so far. His hundred in the last test match was an absolute gem and his hundred here was also extremely valuable for the team. He has certainly grown in confidence.”

When asked if he is disappointed that the rain interruptions didn’t let his side win the test match, Cook said, “It was definitely disappointing, but, that’s not in our hand. These things happen in cricket.”

“We are looking forward to the final test match. I hope that there will not be too many rain breaks in that match.”

The third test match between England and New Zealand will be played from 22nd to 26th March at Eden Park.