Rare England away win a fantastic start, says Root

By Sports Desk November 09, 2018

Joe Root says England's first away Test win in over two years represents a "fantastic start", but he is keen to now secure more victories in Sri Lanka.

The tourists triumphed inside four days in Galle, breezing past Sri Lanka by 211 runs after big centuries from debutant Ben Foakes and under-fire opener Keaton Jennings.

And while England have ended a poor run of results away from home in the longest format - having last won in Bangladesh in October 2016 - Root's plan is to make sure this is not a one off.

"I think we've got to take everything we've done in this game and, as much as we can, transfer it into the rest of the tour," the captain said. "It's been a fantastic start to things.

"We've got to build on it and make sure we don't rest on our laurels now. We will work very hard for that second Test match and hopefully back up a good performance."

Root reserved special praise for Foakes, who stole the show with 107 runs in his first innings on the Test stage.

"For a guy to come in on his debut and play an innings of that substance is exactly what we're after, for him to stand up and deliver," Root said.

"We're really proud of him and really proud of the rest of the guys."

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    A 57-run victory in Pallekele secured the series win for England - a first away from home since January 2016 and a first in Sri Lanka since 2001.

    Root had challenged his players to be bold in the second of three Tests and his own 124 in the second innings made a significant contribution to the victory, earning him the Man of the Match award.

    "I'm really pleased to back up everything I've spoken about and the way that I did it," Root told Sky Sports.

    "It's nice to make a big contribution but the thing that sits well with me is the manner in which I did it. I asked the guys to play a certain way, and I went out and backed it up myself."

    England returned on day five needing only three wickets to make sure of the win and they cleaned up the Sri Lankan tail in just 31 minutes.

    "We were pretty confident," Root continued. "We knew we'd be able to create three chances on that surface, but we also recognised that when partnerships developed it became quite difficult.

    "We tried to stay as calm as possible, trust all the plans we had, and follow through on that, and thankfully it paid off."

    Root believes the performance demonstrates a tremendous strength in depth in England at the moment.

    "Look at the guys we've got on the sidelines," he added. "We've got some very exciting young players and a lot of experience, and for Stuart Broad [and Jonny Bairstow] to have no played a part in this series shows the strength of the squad, and the adaptability as well.

    "Around the world we could have played a very different side with a similar well-balanced look to it.

    "It's nice to be in a position where all 17 guys could walk into the team and it wouldn't look any less balanced, or out of place in these conditions."

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