posted on Jun, 13 2004 @ 05:15 PM
Graham Thorpe renewed his special relationship with Trent Bridge to guide England to a thrilling final npower Test victory over New Zealand and
complete their first major series whitewash in 26 years.
The Surrey left-hander used all his experience gleaned from 90 Test appearances to keep his nerve and concentration and steer England to a four-wicket
victory with 4.3 overs of the fourth evening to spare after hitting a brilliant unbeaten 104.
His superb innings, which included 13 boundaries during his 171-ball stay at the crease, denied all-rounder Chris Cairns a victorious swansong
although he saved one of the best bowling displays of his career for his farewell Test appearance and finished with match figures of nine for 187.
Vaughan said: "The players have done a fantastic job and I am very proud of all of them."
"We played some good cricket and it was a really tough day. The New Zealanders made it a tough Test match for us."
Vaughan said injury-ravaged New Zealand were gutsy to the end but England had also played extremely well.
He added: "They lost a couple of bowlers which was key, but again we've come out on a Sunday and played some great stuff."
"And full credit to our bowlers. Twenty wickets on that deck was superb and it was also a tremendous effort by Graham Thorpe."
"It was a great series played in the right spirit and could so easily have gone the other way."
"But we have got a couple of special players like Steve Harmison and Andrew Flintoff who can change a game."
Giles, who took 4-46 and scored 81 unbeaten runs in the two innings, paid tribute to the England selectors for keeping faith with him.
He said: "I've had a bit of stick recently so it's been fantastic to do a bit in this Test match."
"The lads have performed great in the series and I'd like to say a thank you to the fans, all my mates and the management, who have stuck by me
through thick and thin."
"I got a couple of key wickets, it was just nice to contribute. We have got four, five, six fast bowlers so it's nice to get a wicket when I get a
All-rounder Andrew Flintoff was optimistic about the team's future, adding: "If we stick together and keep improving, and as long as we stay
injury-free, who knows what we could do?"