England spin their way to 211-run victory in first Test in Sri Lanka

• England 342 & 322-6; Sri Lanka 203 & 250 • Herath last man out in final act of illustrious career An ugly sequence has come to an end. Upon their arrival in Galle England had gone 13 consecutive matches overseas without a victory, their longest barren run in Test cricket. Here below a thousand English supporters up on the Dutch fort unable to find a place amid the full house inside the ground, most of whom were also from the UK, England delivered a comprehensive victory by 211 runs – and a highly satisfying one in which the best-laid plans came to fruition. Related: England beat Sri Lanka by 211 runs inside four days at first Test – as it happened Continue reading...

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