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TOP SPIN OF THE TEST: England wins a fifth consecutive outdoor test

TOP SPIN OF THE TEST: England wins fifth consecutive test away from home for the first time in over 100 years as Joe Root joins Richie Benaud in the bowling hall of fame after claiming two wickets with no runs

  • Only Wally Hammond (563) has scored more than Joe Root (426) for England in a run of two tests
  • Root became only the second bowler in Test history to claim more than one wicket without allowing a run
  • This is England’s best overseas series since between December 1911 and January 1914

England launched their busy 2021 with a successful Test Series victory over Sri Lanka, taking a 2-0 win in Galle on Monday morning.

It’s England’s fourth consecutive series win and the Joe Roots team are now unbeaten in 10 consecutive tests under his leadership as they turn their attention to a difficult tour of India starting February 5.

Here, Sportsmail’s Lawrence Booth looks at the numbers behind a fifth straight road victory for England …

Joe Root's golden arm saw him join Richie Benaud in the record books on Monday

Joe Root’s golden arm saw him join Richie Benaud in the record books on Monday

Only one English batsman has made more runs in a run of two tests than the 426 Joe Root managed in Sri Lanka: in 1932-33, Wally Hammond scored 563 in New Zealand.

Not content with scoring runs, Root became only the second bowler in Test history to take more than one wicket in an innings without allowing a run. His numbers in the second innings were 1.5-1-0-2. In Delhi in 1959-60, Richie Benaud from Australia took three for none against India.

If Root leads England to victory over India in the first Test in Chennai starting on February 5 – his 100th Test – he will break Michael Vaughan’s national record of 26 wins, but from just 47 games to Vaughan’s 51.

England became the first team in Test history to claim all 10 wickets in one innings with seam and all 10 in the other with spin.

Root led England to five consecutive wins for the first time in more than 100 years

Root led England to five consecutive wins for the first time in more than 100 years

Root led England to five consecutive wins for the first time in more than 100 years

Jack Leach now has 28 Test wickets in Sri Lanka, the most of any bowlers in England. Over the course of his second innings four for 59, he went past fellow left arm spinner Ashley Giles, now England’s general manager, 25.

England’s sixth straight win in Sri Lanka was also their fifth in a row away from home – their best overseas streak since winning seven consecutive times in Australia and South Africa between December 1911 and January 1914.

England have now won four series in a row, home and away – their best since Andrew Strauss and Alastair Cook led them to six consecutive wins between March 2010 and July 2011, culminating in a 4-0 win over India taking them to the top of the Test rankings.

Lasith Embuldeniya’s No. 10 42-ball 40 was his highest first-class score in 50 innings. He had never earned more than 26 before, with an average of 11.

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