Kandy, Sri Lanka: Captain Joe Root set his sights on taking England to the top of the world rankings after his spin trio finished off Sri Lanka in the second Test on Sunday to seal the series with a match to spare.
"It was a brilliant Test match," said Root, whose team had to twice fight back after their top order batsmen gave away cheap wickets.
Root’s 124 in England’s second innings also played a key role in the 57-run victory and earned him the man-of-the-match award.
Celebrating England's first away series win since beating South Africa in 2015-16 and his first away triumph as captain, Root sees England -- who are currently ranked third in the world -- challenging India for the top Test team spot.
“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,” he added.
Sri Lanka needed 301 in their second innings to register an upset win but managed just 243 at the Pallekele ground.
“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,” said the England captain.