Joe Root’s England became only the second team after Australia to claim a clean sweep in Sri Lanka, with a 42-run win over Sri Lanka at the SSC on day four and the England captain said that he is not one bit surprised that this team achieved the historic feat.
Joe Root’s England became only the second team after Australia to claim a clean sweep in Sri Lanka, with a 42-run win over Sri Lanka at the SSC on day four and the England captain said that he is not one bit surprised that this team achieved the historic feat.

Joe Root’s England became only the second team after Australia to claim a clean sweep in Sri Lanka, with a 42-run win at the SSC on day four and the England captain said that he is not one bit surprised that this team achieved the historic feat.

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“Proud of everyone, brilliant performance from the whole squad, said Root at the post-match presentation, “Not surprised, we knew we were capable of winning here. The learning and ability within the squad, we can keep improving. That’s been our secret – been able to bring different guys in – pick a team that can take 20 wickets and post scores that could put pressure on the opponents.”

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After claiming victories at Galle and Kandy in the first two Tests, England, lead by their spinners – Adil Rashid (5/49) in the first innings, Jack Leach (4/72) and Moeen Ali (4/96) both in the second- wrapped up the third Test in under four overs, bowling out the hosts for 284, defending 327.

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A returning Jonny Bairstow walked away with the Man-of-the-Match, batting at No.3 scoring 110 while wicketkeeper batsman Ben Foakes, on his debut tour, claimed the Man-of-the-Series award scoring 227 runs in three matches at 69.25 and effecting ten dismissal behind the stumps.

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Root also become the first England captain since Ted Dexter to claim an overseas series sweep since 1963 and while Root was visibly chuffed while lifting the trophy, he lauded the team’s combined effort.

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“You are only as good as your team. You can’t look past that, said Root, adding, “The experienced players have taken the extra responsibility. It’s been exceptional. It’s been a complete team effort, it’s been a great tour. Proud of my team”.

It was a complete domination by the touring England side which clinched the one-day internationals 3-1 and the only Twenty20 match.