Alastair Cook welcomes confidence-boosting England win over New Zealand
Alastair Cook believes England have found some form at just the right time after beating New Zealand at Trent Bridge.
Last Updated: 06/06/13 6:45am
The hosts had already lost the three-match series but the win - inspired by Jos Buttler's quickfire 47 - gives them a lift heading into the ICC Champions Trophy.
Cook said: "At the beginning of the day, a win was very important and I thought we played very well. Jos was the difference between the sides.
"We haven't quite got it right in this series, we've been fairly close getting ourselves into positions and letting it slip with the bat or ball, but we're almost there.
"If you are not there 100 per cent you get beaten easily, as we were in the first two games."
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Man-of-the-match Buttler added: "It was a good opportunity, with a licence to go out and express myself at the end of the innings.
"We got a good score in the end and defended it well, and it's nice to contribute to a winning performance. Hopefully there are many more to come.
"It's great to have the Champions Trophy in England and everyone is very much looking forward to it."
Cook was also asked whether playing two spinners was now an option in the Champions Trophy following James Tredwell and Joe Root's contribution in the match, and replied: "Two spinners is a thought.
"We are lucky to have two very different spinners, so they could play together."