England beat Sri Lanka 3-0, records first overseas whitewash in 55 years

Last Updated: Nov 26 2018 19:02

CRICKET- England team defeated Sri Lanka by 42 runs in the third and final Test on Monday to win the three match series 3-0.

Skipper Joe Root led England recorded their first overseas whitewash in 55 years.

Spinners Jack Leach and Moeen Ali took four wickets each to set up the 42 run win inside four days.

"That's been a big secret in our success - being able to bring different guys in, and pick a team that is going to take 20 wickets and score enough runs to put teams under pressure," said Root.

"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," said Root, who has set the target of overtaking India as world number one Test team

"I knew we were capable of winning in these conditions, but to do it the way we have and perform as consistently as we have, shows the learning in the squad," he said.

It was the third time Sri Lanka have been whitewashed at home after India last year and Australia in 2004.