General News | 8th June 2008

England Celebrate Series WIn At Trent Bridge

Ryan Sidebottom took four wickets as England secured victory by an innings and nine runs to clinch the npower Test Series at Trent Bridge.

James Anderson ended the contest with the wicket of Chris Martin, caught at slip by Paul Collingwood, but Sidebottom was England’s most potent weapon in the final session of the game, taking four wickets including that of New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori.

“The performance was quite special and I didn’t envisage it would go as quickly as it did on the fourth day,” said Sidebottom,

“Jimmy and Broady did very well throughout the Test and we helped each other out as a bowling unit.

“I put pressure on myself to take wickets in Test cricket and the ball had a good sheen on it and I knew that I had a chance if I got it in the right areas.

“We’ll have a few beers tonight but we know that the games will come thick and fast and we have to work hard to prepare for the one day series.”

Anderson’s match haul of nine wickets and 28 runs earned him the npower Man of the Match award and Andrew Strauss was named as Man of the Series.

Broad and Sidebottom, alongside Graeme Swann the only players in the England one day squad not to have a domestic fixture on the opening day of the Twenty20 Cup, will train at Loughborough UCCE on Wednesday.

Stuart Broad, James Anderson and Ryan Sidebottom

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