England cricketers secure test-match whitewash.

Already leading the series against Sri Lanka 2-0, England sealed victory in the 3rd test on Monday morning.

England won the match by 42 runs in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Ben Foakes won the man of the series award.

This victory marks only the third time in history that England have won 3 out of 3 test matches in a series.

England completed a remarkable and historic victory against Sri Lanka to whitewash the hosts in the three test series. Set an incredibly difficult target of 327 to win, the hosts were bowled out for 285 in a second innings where momentum continued to switch sides by the hour.

England started the better and were in control in the first two days with Moeen Ali collecting wickets early on in what looked like a routine England victory but Sri Lanka held firm, managed to withstand the pressure and put up stubborn resistance to give them a chance of pulling off the unlikely run chase.

Sri Lanka put in a 6th wicket stand of 103 and looked to be gaining the upper hand, but one of the star performers over the series, Jack Leach secured a run out to turn the tide once more in England’s favour. It would be the last momentum switch, as the tourists put on the pressure. 37

Aided by a Sri Lankan batting collapse, the final three wickets fell for only 102 runs as England secured victory just before the end of the morning session as Leach trapped batsman Lakmal LBW to spark wild celebrations from England, who started this year with a 4-0 test match defeat to Australia in a five match test series.

With victory, England rise to 2nd in the test world rankings, behind only India and have now won eight of their last nine tests. They are looking forward to attempting to regain the Ashes from Australia next year, as they welcome the Aussies.

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