sport news Joe Root heaps praise on spinners Moeen Ali, Jack Leach and Adil Rashid

A jubilant but tired Joe Root praised his spinners after England had completed their first series win in Sri Lanka since 2001 – and admitted he had managed only three hours’ sleep before the final morning of a fluctuating second Test.

Jack Leach, who claimed the final Sri Lankan wicket to wrap up a superb 57-run win and finish, combined with Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid and even Root himself to collect 19 scalps between them. Only Ben Stokes’s run-out of Dimuth Karunaratne in the first innings prevented a clean sweep.

And while Root was full of kind words for the way his batsmen had taken the attack to Sri Lanka’s slow bowlers, he also reserved a special pat on the back for his own trio of spinners.

England captain Joe Root praised his three spinners after clinching victory over Sri Lanka

England captain Joe Root praised his three spinners after clinching victory over Sri Lanka

(L-R) Jack Leach, Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid are the spinners who did the damage in Kandy

(L-R) Jack Leach, Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid are the spinners who did the damage in Kandy

‘The three of them complement each other beautifully,’ he said. ‘Jack gives a lot of control, and the fact that they all spin the ball differently does help.

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