Don't disrespect our bowlers: Alastair Cooke

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Last updated 08:48 18/07/2013

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Alastair Cook says any suggestion England are a one-man bowling attack is disrespectful.

Spearhead James Anderson took 10 wickets and bowled England to victory on the final day of the first Test, Australia believing he was the difference at Trent Bridge.

The tourists backed themselves against the other bowlers in the line-up, particularly facing Steve Finn and Graeme Swann on the final day.

And Stuart Broad only took three wickets for the match.

However, England skipper Cook warned Australia would be making a mistake if they only had eyes for Anderson in the second Test at Lord's.

"It's a bit disrespectful to the three other guys that are bowling. They are world class bowlers as well in their own right," Cook said.

"It can be a dangerous tactic.

"Clearly Jimmy is the leader of the attack at the moment but Broady is almost coming up to 200 Test wickets, Swanny has got (226) Test wickets and Finny is the quickest Englishman to 50 wickets in terms of Tests.

"So I think that shows the strength in our squad. It was Jimmy's game the other day but as I said at the press conference, last time at Lord's it was Broady who got 7-50 in the first innings."

Finn's position is under pressure heading into the Lord's, with Tim Bresnan and Graham Onions in line to play.

In Finn's favour is that he's taken 29 wickets at the venue at 20.66.

Regardless of the make-up of the English attack, Australian captain Michael Clarke will be their No.1 target.

Clarke made a duck and 23 at Trent Bridge and says he feels England have a plan for him.

"It looks to me that England certainly are working on a plan to dry me up because through my career I guess there have been times when I've got off to good starts, or quick starts," Clarke said.

Clarke is adamant a move from No.5 to No.4 is right for him and best suits the team.

However, Cook says Clarke batting higher up the order plays nicely into England's hands.

Given the brittle nature of Australia's top three, the chances are high that they can get at Clarke with the new ball.

"That is always the advantage of him batting higher up the order for us. If we can get him out earlier with the new ball," Cook said.

"That's the art of most batsmen isn't it. If you're stopping them scoring they're not going anywhere and they feel pressure. And that's no different for Michael Clarke than it would be for Shane Watson or Ed Cowan or anyone."

Clarke says there's more grass on the pitch at Lord's than there was at an unusually dry Trent Bridge.

However, Cook says like in Nottingham, overhead conditions will play the biggest role.

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