England v New Zealand: Alastair Cook feels series win is a boost ahead of Ashes
England captain Alastair Cook praised Joe Root and Graeme Swann after they starred in the 247-run win over New Zealand.
Last Updated: 28/05/13 9:55pm
Spinner Swann finished with second-innings figures of 6-90, giving him a 10-wicket haul in the match, as England managed to dodge the rain to clinch victory on the final day at Headingley.
The triumph had been set up by a superb century from Root on day two, the Yorkshireman's first in Test cricket coming at his home ground.
"I thought we put in a really good performance here," Cook - who himself hit a century - said. "I think from one to 11 we really put our hand up in this game.
"It's great for Root to get a hundred, credit to New Zealand's bowlers they put pressure on us on that first day. It swung all day.
"As for Swanny, he's done it for a few years for us now and to get 10 wickets here is a great effort.
"It's good momentum to have for the Ashes, winning these two games, but when we get there it won't mean too much."
While the result was emphatic enough in the end, England did come in for some criticism for batting too slowly in their second innings after opting not to enforce the follow-on.
Both Nick Compton and Jonathan Trott struggled to get the scoreboard ticking over on the fourth evening, though the latter did pick up the pace the following morning to make 76.
"If you're picking on one percenters, then me and Trotty could have probably batted a bit quicker there," Cook admitted.
"But at the end of the day we set up a platform to get a 470-run lead in pretty good time, and gave our bowlers time to refresh and the pitch a bit longer to wear."