Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Whitewash Proves We're No One-Trick Pony - Root

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Whitewash Proves We're No One-Trick Pony - Root

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JOE Root believes England's triumphant Test tour of Sri Lanka proves they are no 'one-trick pony' and is ready to embrace rising expectations around his side.

Most of England's recent successes have come in seam-friendly conditions at home and they arrived on tour winless in the last 13 matches overseas - a sequence they banished in style with victories in Galle and Kandy before ensuring a clean sweep in Colombo yesterday.

To have done so on three spinning wickets, effectively outperforming Sri Lanka in their own strongest suit, is a source of considerable pride for the captain.

"It's all about being adaptable and we've shown we can do that here," he said after a 42-run win at the SSC. "We've shown we are not a one-trick pony in our own conditions any more and that should fill us with a huge amount of confidence going into future tours. …

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