Most wickets for spinners in a Test

Thirty-eight wickets fell to spin in the Pallekele Test, the most ever in Test history
Sri Lanka v England, 2nd Test, Pallekele November 18, 2018

England end their away woes

2000-01 The last time England won a Test series in Sri Lanka. The visitors had won the three-match series 2-1. Since then, this is England's first win in the country in four attempts. While the hosts had won in 2003-04 and 2007-08, the two-match series in 2011-12 was drawn 1-1. This is England's third series win in Sri Lanka: they had won their first series - a one-off Test - back in 1981-82.

4 Number of times in 20 attempts before this series that teams from outside the subcontinent had managed to beat Sri Lanka in a Test series in Sri Lanka. Apart from England in 2000-01, Australia had managed to beat the hosts in 2003-04 and in 2010-11. More recently, Sri Lanka lost to South Africa in 2014.

10 Number of Test series won by England in the subcontinent excluding one-off Tests. Their previous win here had come against India in 2012-13, when they had won the four-match series 2-1. Since 2000, they have won six out of the 17 series they have played in Asia involving two or more Test matches.

2012-13 The last time before this tour in which England had won two successive away Tests. They beat India in Mumbai and Kolkata in the 2012-13 series. The two wins in this series have come after a poor recent run for England in away Tests. Their last away win before this series had come against Bangladesh at Chittagong, after which they had lost ten matches out of the 13 that they played outside England.

England spinners - 19, pacers - 0

0 Wickets taken by England pacers in this match. This is only the third time that England have won a Test match when their quick bowlers have not taken a single wicket. The last such instance had come in the 1956 Ashes Test at Old Trafford when Jim Laker took 19 wickets in the match. The first such instance had come against India in 1951-52 at Kanpur.

38 Number of wickets taken by spinners in this Test - the most in a Test match ever. The previous highest were the 37 wickets which fell to spinners in the Nagpur Test in 1969-70 between India and New Zealand.

5 Number of times England spinners have taken 19 or more wickets in a match including this. The last such instance was against India at Mumbai in 2012-13 when Monty Panesar and Graeme Swann combined to bowl their team to a famous win.

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