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Stats - England's winning streak in SL, and captain Root equals Cook, Strauss

Stats highlights from Galle, in which two England spinners took five-fors in a Test for the first time since 1982

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Angelo Mathews congratulates Joe Root after his double-century  •  SLC

Angelo Mathews congratulates Joe Root after his double-century  •  SLC

5 - Successive wins for England in Sri Lanka. The streak started in April 2012, in the second match of the series - an eight-wicket win in Colombo which helped them level the two-Test series 1-1. On their next tour, in 2018-19, they swept Sri Lanka 3-0, before the seven-wicket win today.
1 - Instance of England winning more consecutive matches in a country overseas - they won the first eight Test matches they played in South Africa, from 1889 to 1899. England also won their first five Tests in Bangladesh. Apart from these two streaks against teams which were new to Test cricket, their only other five-match winning streak in an away country (apart from the current one) was in Australia in the 1930s; that streak included three wins from the infamous Bodyline series of 1932-33.
3 - Instances of a non-Asian team winning five Tests in a row in an Asian country. Apart from England's current streak and their five in a row in Bangladesh, the only other team to achieve this is Australia, in Sri Lanka, from 2002 to 2011.
28 - Test wins for England in Asia, which equals the mark for the most wins by a non-Asian team in the continent. Australia have 28 wins too, in fewer Tests, but they have lost 36 compared to England's 34. England's win-loss ratio of 0.823 is better than all the other non-Asian teams.
24 - Test wins for Joe Root as captain, which puts him second on England's all-time list, level with Alastair Cook and Andrew Strauss. Root has captained in only 45 Tests, compared to 59 for Cook and 50 for Strauss. Michael Vaughan leads the way with 26 wins from 51 matches.
1982 - The last time, before this match, that two England spinners took five-fors in a Test. That was in England's first Test in Sri Lanka, when Derek Underwood (5 for 28 in the first innings) and John Emburey (6 for 33 in the second) took five-fors. England won that game by seven wickets, the same margin as their victory in Galle.
14 - Wickets taken by England's spinners in his Test. Since 1980, there have only been three instances of more wickets for England's spinners in a Test, and they have all come in the last 10 years: 19 wickets in Mumbai in 2012 and in Pallekele in 2018, and 16 in Galle in 2018. England's spinners also took exactly 14 wickets in their first Test in Sri Lanka in 1982.
3-8 - Sri Lanka's win-loss record in their last 11 Tests at home. They have lost four to England, three to India, and one to New Zealand.
With inputs from Shiva Jayaraman

S Rajesh is stats editor of ESPNcricinfo. @rajeshstats