Joe Root Challenges England To Build On First Away Test Win For Two Years Against Sri Lanka

Joe Root challenged his players to build on their first away Test win for two years and use it as a launchpad to fulfil their ultimate ambition to be the best team in the world.

Such an ambition is a long way from being fulfilled but the 211-run victory was Root’s first as captain overseas and ends a winless sequence of 14 matches stretching back to October 2016 when England beat Bangladesh in Chittagong. Since then they have lost 4-0 in India and Australia as well as lose a two Test series in New Zealand.

Only four members of this team played in the Chittagong Test and the presence of new faces such as Ben Foakes, and Jack Leach, who took five wickets in his second Test, as well as the continued success of Sam Curran gives Root great hope for the future. 

“This is very special and I thought we played some really good stuff. It was great to see guys coming into the team and taking their opportunity. We played in a collective way, everyone contributed. I said for a long time we were going to do things differently and we have backed that up.

“Over the last eight months or so we have found something. We have a real clear plan about how we want to get to be the number one side in the world. We have grown throughout the summer and this is another step in that direction. We have so much more hard work to do but to see so many talented players in the XI, or in the squad, or the different options we can go with is credit to the whole group.”

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