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Live Reporting

Amy Lofthouse

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    Well. What a fine way to start the morning.

    Jack Skelton's report is over here for the late risers and we'll have analysis from Aggers, Michael Vaughan and co as the day goes on.

    The TMS podcast will also be available shortly.

    I'm off for a very lengthy nap. We'll be back for Colombo - see you then!

    Jack Leach
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    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on The Cricket Social

    They've won the key moments, the moments that matter, which is exactly what you need to do in Test match cricket. I don't remember seeing an England team with as much talent and that's why it's frustrating when we have performances like at Trent Bridge and at Lord's against Pakistan.

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    SMS Message: Well done, England! Great victory, great Test match. And back to bed! from Jon, Manchester
    Jon, Manchester
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    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on The Cricket Social

    The only thing I potentially might do in Colombo is bring Jonny Bairstow in to bat at number three because I think he could be the long term answer to that position.

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    Joe Root

    Joe Root on the third Test in Colombo: "We've seen teams in the past win the series and ease off so it would be nice to back it up in the third Test. It's another game to look forward to."

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    Winners are grinners.

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    England's fielding has been another level at times.

    Ben Stokes, Keaton Jennings and Ben Foakes have been superb at close range.

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    Jonathan Agnew

    BBC cricket correspondent in Pallekele

    Those three wickets fell to precisely the length of bowling that we'd been talking about for the last four days, and I just wonder if England had bowled at that lovely, full, inviting length if that match wouldn't have gone five days.

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    More from captain Joe Root: "As a whole squad we have done really well. We have to keep looking to improve. The team has grown in the last 18 months but we are not the finished article. We want to get to number one in the world and that means performing in all conditions around the world."

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    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on The Cricket Social

    In the summer, when England lost at Trent Bridge against India, there was many saying "Joe Root's not a Test match captain, it's affecting his batting, he doesn't look a natural captain". He has done a very, very good job.In English conditions over the last couple of summers he's done very well. This has been a big tour for him. He looks like he's settled into the job.

  11. 'We said we'd play bold cricket'

    England captain Joe Root, after being named man of the match: "It was a brilliant Test match. We were very good for the whole game. At times we were under pressure and we responded brilliantly. We stayed calm and managed to find ways to get control back.

    "It ebbed and flowed throughout - like against India in the summer - and it's pleasing to see another close game go our way. We said we'd come out here and play bold cricket, and be courageous. It's easy to talk a good game but we've backed it up."

  12. How's stat?!

    Thanks to the folks at CricViz for this.

    England's spinners took 19 of the 20 wickets in the match. It's the fifth time in Tests that England have taken so many wickets through spin and the first time since Mumbai in 2012.

    It's only the 11th time in Test history that no England seamer has taken a wicket in a match (excluding matches in which England didn't bowl).

    This match is the first time since 1973 in Karachi that no seamer has taken a wicket in a Test for England.

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    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on The Cricket Social

    Jack Leach

    It's been a really good two Test matches for England because at the start of the series, I looked at Sri Lanka, the way that they played at home in Test match cricket, and I felt England were the underdogs.

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    Sri Lanka captain Suranga Lakma speaking at the presentation: "Both sides played very good cricket. It's been a good five days and a very challenging wicket."

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    Sam Curran's 64, Ben Foakes' 65 not out, three first-innings wickets for Adil Rashid, 5-83 for Jack Leach and 4-72 for Moeen Ali.

    It's been a proper team performance.

    Jack Leach
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    Jonathan Agnew

    BBC cricket correspondent in Pallekele

    It's all about psychological blows isn't it, Test cricket, when you just hammer the opposition - and that's what Curran did to really lift that score, putting on 60 with James Anderson for the last wicket.

  17. Man of the match - Joe Root

    A second innings century, a 2-0 Test series win with one to play and his first series win as captain.

    Well played, Joe Root.

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    Simon Smale: Cracking series win for England - a game completely dominated by our spinners - 19 of England's wickets taken by spinners, the other a run out. That can't have happened too many times, can't think of many others, with the obvious exception of Laker's Match...

  19. 'It's been a blast'

    England wicketkeeper Ben Foakes, speaking to Sky Sports: "It's incredible really. It's a tricky place to come but to win with one game to play is amazing. It's been a blast."