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Captain Cook finds positives as Black Caps draw series

By David Clough

England captain Alastair Cook admitted he was gutted as his side suffered a 199-run defeat to New Zealand in the second Test at Headingley, but he did find some positives to cling to.

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 little opportunities and then they built a partnership - 140 for four - and every time we had a chance, New Zealand piled on the pressure."

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 Ben has taken a big step forward. 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 has come in and has added a bit of fire to our bowling."

Cook believes England will take the positives.

He said: "There's a lot of good things which we will wish we would have done differently.

"As always against a good side, if you're not 100 per cent you get found out so credit to (New Zealand captain) Brendon (McCullum) and his team."

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