Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Cook and McCullum in Different Time Zones; England Skipper Has Chance to Consider Resting Bowlers as Rival Deals with Injury and Form Issues

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Cook and McCullum in Different Time Zones; England Skipper Has Chance to Consider Resting Bowlers as Rival Deals with Injury and Form Issues

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Byline: Matt Fearon

STUART BROAD'S seven-wicket rampage at Lord's yesterday has given both captains an extra day to reflect and prepare for Friday's Second Test at Headingley.

Alastair Cook can use the time to contemplate rotating his embarrassment of fast-bowling riches but for his opposite number, it is a time to avoid hitting the panic button.

"Having those two is obviously a good situation to be in," said Cook as he reflected on the James Anderson-Broad partnership which dismissed New Zealand for 68 in the final innings. However, the England captain was keen -- Brendon McCullum would say blessed -- to leave all options on the table when it came to shuffling his pack ahead of the Second Test.

"It's not just Stuart [seven for 44] and Jimmy [two for 23]," Cook continued. "There's Finny (Steven Finn), he's a fantastic bowler, and then there's Graeme Onions and Tim Bresnan to consider. They're an important part of the squad and we've got to have that strength in depth with the amount of cricket coming up.

"We are lucky in the fast bowling department. They've all played a lot of cricket, they have that experience. They know their own games and they know how to get people out on certain wickets and that experience is invaluable. When it's not there you notice it."

There could be plenty of noticeable gaps for McCullum to contemplate. As well as the baggage of brutal defeat, the visitors must carry injuries to Leeds. Keeper BJ Watling (calf) and spinner Bruce Martin (knee) are major doubts and Peter Fulton is a wicket waiting impatiently to happen.

One consolation for McCullum is that the quality of replacements hints at the continuing renaissance of New Zealand cricket. Watling could be replaced by Luke Ronchi, 32, who was considered good enough to represent Australia seven times but is now eligible for the land of his birth. "Without speaking to the selectors I'd imagine he'd come into the reckoning", said McCullum. …

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