Cook's clarity breeds resilience

With his immaculate concentration at Lord's on Sunday, England's captain revealed his mental toughness. Whatever the sphere, the latter flows from the former

Blue skies ahead? Alastair Cook savours victory

England v New Zealand, 1st Investec Test, Lord's, 4th day

Cook the leader outweighs Cook the captain

Alastair Cook will never be a great orator or tactician. He will never rouse with a speech and rarely surprise with a tactic. Instead he must lead by example. This was the innings of a leader. But it wasn't necessarily the innings of a captain

Alastair Cook takes the applause for a battling century

England v New Zealand, 1st Investec Test, Lord's, 4th day

Stokes slaps the funk out of McCullum

As Cook got near his hundred, Brendon McCullum had three slips, three catching covers and a catching mid-on. But for Stokes on 99, McCullum could only summon two slips, a gully, and a regulation field. There was little that funkiness could achieve

Ben Stokes gets a handshake from Brendon McCullum

England v New Zealand, 1st Investec Test, Lord's, 3rd day

Growing pains for young England

Look at the scorecard and you would say England struggled on the third day at Lord's. But signs of promise for the future are not far below the surface

Kane Williamson moved to his 10th Test hundred