Captain Andrew Strauss hailed James Anderson as a world beater following England's emphatic innings and 83 runs win over West Indies in Durham.
The seamer recorded match figures of 9-125 with an exemplary display of swing bowling on a flat wicket.
"The way he is controlling the swinging ball is as good as anyone in world cricket at the moment," said Strauss.
"Things look rosy but we're a long way away from where we need to be, but we're going in the right direction."
Anderson bowled with pace and aggression on the final day, utilising helpful overhead conditions to extract discernable movement on and off a Riverside pitch revitalised by overnight and morning showers.
"It has not really swung this week, but it swung this morning," said man-of-the-match Anderson, who collected his sixth five-wicket haul in Test cricket in the first innings.
"We wanted to finish them off as quick as possible and the fact that it was swinging around helped us do that."
I could be on 60 or 70 and those hard times in Sri Lanka will give you that extra fire in the belly to go on and make it big
Despite his captain's ringing endorsement, the 26-year-old refused to take all the plaudits, preferring instead to lavish praise on his fellow bowlers.
"Graham Onions' debut was fantastic, Stuart Broad has a 30-year-old's head on his shoulders and Tim Bresnan did really well today, while Graeme Swann can tie up an end," he said.
"We have a great set of bowlers and hopefully we can continue to gel and bowl well."
Ravi Bopara was named as England's man of the series after becoming only the fifth batsman to score three successive Test hundreds for his country.
And the 24-year-old revealed his nightmare series against Sri Lanka in 2007, where he recorded three successive ducks, strengthened his determination to secure his place at three for England.
"It's something that's going to stick with me forever," he told BBC Sport.
"I could be on 60 or 70 and those hard times in Sri Lanka will give you that extra fire in the belly to go on and make it big.
"Even when you get a hundred, you want to go on and get 150 and win the game for the team. The big hundreds win Test matches and that's what I want to do."
England travel to Leeds for the first of three one-day internationals against West Indies on Thursday, the start of a busy six-week schedule which includes the World Twenty20 tournament.
But Bopara dismissed suggestions that a proliferation of limited overs cricket will harm England's hopes of recapturing the Ashes when the first Test begins on 8 July in Cardiff.
"You just don't take on certain balls in Test cricket that you would do in one-dayers, that's the only difference," he said.
"You still have the same frame of mind, move the same, play similar shots, but play with less risk. I don't see how one-dayers can affect you. It may affect some players but it certainly doesn't affect me."
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