England can look forward to next summer’s Ashes with increasing confidence after claiming an historic series win in Sri Lanka. Joe Root’s side won the second Test in Pallekele by 51 runs to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three match series, earning their first series win in Sri Lanka for 17 years.
Few teams get the better of the Sri Lankans on their own soil, but England’s spin bowling trio of Moeen Ali, Jack Leach and Adil Rashid all chipped in with crucial wickets as a thrilling match survived several torrential downpours.
Leach claimed eight scalps, including five in the second innings, to take his tally to 15 in three Tests. In all, 38 of the 40 wickets were taken by spin bowlers, an all-time Test cricket record. Sri Lanka have seen a host of star names retire in recent years, but back-to-back overseas Test wins is still a remarkable achievement for Root’s men, who lost 4-0 to both Australia and India last winter as well as suffering a series defeat in New Zealand.
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