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Summary

  1. England complete tense 42-run win
  2. England win series 3-0
  3. First series whitewash in Sri Lanka
  4. Leach 4-72 & run-out, Moeen 4-92
  5. Mendis 86, Roshen 65
  6. Last-wicket pair add 58

Live Reporting

By Matthew Henry and Jack Skelton

All times stated are UK

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    Joe Root and Jos Buttler

    Well that is it for English Test cricket in 2018!

    It has been a blast.

    This Test has been a fine way to finish it off. Fair play to Sri Lanka for making it so tense.

    Recap everything by reading Jack Skelton's match report here.

    Thank you very much for joining us.

    Bring on 2019.

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    England champions with trophy
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    Let's recap the key headlines:

    • Today England sealed a 3-0 victory on a gripping fourth day where Sri Lanka threatened to pull off a sensational win.
    • It is their first series whitewash in Sri Lanka in Tests.
    • It is only England's THIRD away series whitewash in Test history in series of three matches or more and their first since 1963.
    • They have become just the third team to whitewash Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka.

    Read about it here.

  4. 'Sometimes you need that moment of magic'

    England captain Joe Root, speaking to Sky Sports: "Fair play to Sri Lanka - it took us a while to get things right and find our lengths."

    Did England come out in the morning session thinking the game was won? "I wouldn't say as much as that. There is always a temptation where it feels like it is going to be the last day we had such a great evening last night that sometimes you need a bit of a rocket to get in the right frame of mind. We very quickly switched ourselves back on. It was very pleasing.

    "It was a brilliant piece of fielding (Jack Leach's run-out). The whole trip our fielding has gone up. We have improved in that area which is a pleasing thing for us. Sometimes you need that moment of magic to change a game and we have had a few of those in the series.

    "We have taken some half chances where previously we might not have. That is the pleasing aspect of our performance."

    England's captain Joe Root poses for photographs with the trophy after England won the match against Sri Lanka
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    SMS Message: Great Test series with so many gripping days. Sadly I've had to watch it from my university library desk while my parents and brother have been watching in Sri Lanka throughout the last three weeks... from Archie from Exeter
    Archie from Exeter
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    More from Joe Root, speaking to Sky Sports: "It has been amazing how much it has turned. The most pleasing thing is how quick we adapted to that. We have done things differently to in the past but that has not frightened us. The squad has bought into it. We have got three wonderful spinners who compliment each other well, backed up by very good seam bowling.

    "If you look at any side who has got to number one in the world they will have very good players missing out. That is where we want to be. We want to keeping pushing and to get to number one we have to work hard accept players will miss out. Having that environment will drive the guys in possession forward.

    "We feel we are in a good place. We have a lot of good work to do but it is great to see us grow as a team in this series."

    Joe Root poses for selfies with England fans
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    I will not envy the decision-makers when they have to choose who England's first-choice spinner is next summer.

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    Stuart Court: Brilliant series win by England. Not many people would have predicted a 3-0 whitewash. Jack Leach has cemented his place in this side now.

  9. 'We look forward to those days when we make 600'

    England coach Trevor Bayliss, speaking to Sky Sports, on vice-captain Jos Buttler: "He's a very intelligent guy - everyone listens when he speaks. The way he and Stokes - in the last 12 months or so - have gone about their batting, we've seen a different side to them. They're showing they're turning into Test match players."

    On England's attacking approach with the bat: "This team has been very happy with the way they play the game. It's not necessarily about giving shots away - it's about how to play them better. Maybe we'll see some longer innings from guys. We look forward to those days when we can make 400, 500 or 600."

    Jos Buttler
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    Do you agree with John? Are Stokes, Buttler and Rashid undroppable? I'd say you're right with two of the three.

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    John Sirtease: 3 reasons Eng won. 1. 3 games, 3 top order 100s. 2. Foakes. Top scorer and world class keeper. 3. X-factor players Rashid, Buttler and Stokes. All turned games and are undroppable IMO.

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    England coach Trevor Bayliss, speaking to Sky Sports, on the Jonny Bairstow wicketkeeping debate: "We don't want it to put any undue pressure on other people. It does keep the guys in the team in some of those positions on their toes. In the long run for England, that's good thing. When you've got competition for places and you've got depth. Even Jos Buttler wants to keep

    "The way Foakesey has gone in this series, he'll definitely be there for the next one.

    "Jonny, every time a challenge has been thrown to him, has been able to come out and score some runs. Our challenge is to find a challenge every time he comes out to bat!"

    Jonny Bairstow
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    Graham Onions

    Ex-England international on The Cricket Social

    People say what's wrong with a number three that can just bat? Do the hard yards. I look at the flip-side of it. England have been pro-active in this series and that's played a big part.

    I agree that we need a number three that's more reliable than Jonny Bairstow but I don't think we need to change our mindset.

  14. Burns & Jennings 'not nailed down'

    England coach Trevor Bayliss, speaking to Sky Sports, on which of the less established players have impressed the most: "Foakes has been fantastic. Jennings and Burns - those three guys probably haven't got quite as many shots as the other boys. Jack Leach was untested at this level, but he has come in and done a great job for us."

    Have Burns and Jennings nailed down the opening spots? "I don't think so. Statistics will tell a story there. They're both still young in the Test game. Their character has been exceptional at times, but for every one in the XI runs are what counts."

    Keaton Jennings and Rory Burns
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    Ryan Sidebottom

    Ex-England international on The Cricket Social

    Rory Burns got a really good temperament. You've got to give a player like that a run in the side. If you take him out who do you bring in? You've got to stick with these players and work on their positives.

    The top order don't seem to give themselves enough chance. I think that's because of one-day and T20 games. I'd like to see them get in more and face up to the battle.

    We can't keep changing. We've got to stick with those two players. Rather than saying he's weak in that area, weak in this area, let's work on those weaknesses rather than finding someone else.

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    Jonathan Agnew

    BBC cricket correspondent in Colombo

    You can't really judge Rory Burns on this series. He's barely faced a ball over 60mph since he arrived in Sri Lanka so you can't judge his wider game off these three Tests.

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    England coach Trevor Bayliss on Sky Sports: "It went a couple of hours longer than I would have liked to. We went out after lunch with 'just keep it simple - just get as many balls on a length as you can.' There was enough in the wicket, it was going to happen.

    "Teams have come here in the past and bunkered down. We decided to take the attack to them; don't let them dictate to us. That's the way it panned out, in the first two Tests especially. There's a fine line between looking busy and mentally positive. It's just reward for the way we've played over these last three Test matches."

    England"s cricket team poses for a photograph with the trophy after they won the match against Sri Lanka
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    SMS Message: Cracking stat from Andy Z there about how close recent victories have been. I think it says something very positive about England's mentality. They've had to hold their nerve and fight for all these victories and they've done it well. Fair play! from Dominic
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    Jonathan Agnew

    BBC cricket correspondent in Colombo

    Sri Lanka have missed Dinesh Chandimal. Suranga Lakmal's captaincy fell short - he's been out-maneuvered by Joe Root. His field placings and bowling changes haven't been right.

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    Sri Lanka captain Suranga Lakmal: "We expected a close game anyway but it was a very close game. Small things went wrong and the small things were what we have to rectify. Everyone did their best but it was just that small things went wrong."