GALLE, Sri Lanka, Jan. 25 (Reuters) – England’s performance in the Sri Lanka test run sweep gives the team a major boost for their four test runs in India, said the victorious captain Joe Root after Monday’s second win.
England won by six wickets at Galle International Stadium to add to the success of last week’s seven wickets in Sri Lanka, but face a much tougher task in India, where the first test in Chennai begins early. next month.
“We have a lot of confidence coming out of these games. We had to deal with different situations and it will all help us a lot,” Root said at a virtual press conference.
“The challenge now is to seek to replicate this over and over again as a team. We can see this as a platform, as a starting position.”
England overcame nervous moments to reach their 164-point goal and win the final test, getting the better of a tough wicket and deteriorating with Dom Sibley and Joss Buttler setting up an undefeated 75-point partnership.
“These two guys saw us at home in awesome style,” added the captain.
“These wins are the most important to us and what I like the most is that for big portions we were chasing the game.
“But for us, digging in and not allowing them to escape was very impressive. But above all, the way we handled the pressure, both on the pitch and with the bat.
“We lost the draw in both games, but we managed to find a way to win under very difficult conditions, with very little lead for the series as well. In the past, we have been guilty of being slow, whether at home or at home. away, so for us to start as well as this is really nice. “(Written by Mark Gleeson in Cape Town; Editing by Christian Radnedge)