Cook rues Headingley collapse

Alastair Cook (left) and Brendon McCullum with the trophy
Alastair Cook (left) and Brendon McCullum with the trophy
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England captain Alastair Cook admitted he was disappointed as England suffered a 199-run defeat to New Zealand in the second Test at Headingley.

Pursuing a world-record chase of 455 had long since been abandoned as England – resuming on 44 without loss 
– fell to 62 for four.

Kane Williamson was the unlikely bowling hero with figures of three for 15 as the Black Caps wrapped up victory an hour after tea to draw the two-Test series 1-1.

England man of the series Cook said: “It was a disappointing day. After halfway we were right in the game but credit to New Zealand.

“We created these little opportunities, I think they were 20 for two, and then they built a partnership – 140 for four – again there was an opportunity there but every time we had a chance,

“New Zealand piled on the pressure with attacking batting and took the game away from us.”

Cook, who surpassed Graham Gooch as England’s all-time record Test run-scorer on Sunday, praised Adam Lyth (107), Ben Stokes and Mark Wood for their contribution for the hosts.

He added: “For Adam to score his first 100 on his home ground was an amazing achievement and he’s looked a really good batter at the top of the order.

“And Ben has taken a big step forward I think – obviously at Lord’s with the headlines – but in general with the way he’s played, even today I thought he played really nicely in a tough situation.

“And I think Mark Wood as well, he’s come in and has added a bit of fire to our bowling attack.”

Cook believes England will take the positives from this second Test and praised their opponents for their triumph.

He said: “There are a lot of good things, a lot of things which we will go away and wish we would have done differently in this Test match in particular.

“As always against a good side, if you’re not 100 per cent on your A game you get found out so credit to New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum and his team.

“In tough situations where this game was in the balance they took the positives under pressure and they deserved the win.”

McCullum was delighted to draw the series after the defeat at Lord’s in the first Test and said: “It was an excellent day I thought. Excellent five days.

“We bounced back after Lord’s, we thought we weren’t too bad but England deserved their win and the way we’ve played this game, we had to go and get the result.

“Obviously with a two-Test series we had to force the pace and I thought the guys bought into that.”

McCullum reserved praise for Williamson and BJ Watling, who became the first New Zealand batsman to score a century at Headingley.

He added: “There’s instinct and then there’s pure gambling I think Kane’s got a bit of a knack.”