Sri Lanka whitewash a watershed moment for England captain Joe Root, says David Lloyd

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Joe Root won his first away Test series as England captain (Picture: Getty)

David Lloyd believes Englands historic victory over Sri Lanka represents a watershed moment for captain Joe Root.

The tour to Sri Lanka was Englands first without former captain Alastair Cook, and experienced players Stuart Broad and James Anderson performed limited roles.

The 3-0 win was not only Englands first whitewash in Sri Lanka, but also Roots first series win away from home as captain.

And Bumble said: For the first time, Im seeing that this is Roots team. Hes got the authority – “this is my team.”

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In the past, hes had other high-profile players in the team and hes not had Broad and Anderson in certain games here, Alastair Cook is not there so he can really stamp himself onto this team.

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We know the way that he wants them to play, he wants them to be aggressive and push on which is great, a rollercoaster ride really, its great for us watching the game.

But the faster you get your runs, the sooner youre going to be bowling and he feels that he is confident enough in his attack to take 20 wickets.

England face West Indies in three Tests starting on January 23 and Bumble expects a similar team to line up to the one that beat Sri Lanka.

Former England head coach David Lloyd (Picture: Getty)

I dont think therell be many changes because what were hearing in that the pitches in the West Indies are similar to here, he added.

Theyre not quick pitches, theyre slow, low turners and so England will be well equipped with the pace bowlers theyve got, the variations they have with Ben Stokes and with the three spinners.

I wouldnt think there would be many changes, if any.

Victories in Galle, Kandy and Colombo provided Root with his first series victory away from home as England skipper.

This is what it means to become the first England team to complete a clean sweep in Asia… ?????????

— England Cricket (@englandcricket) November 26, 2018

And the Yorkshireman paid tribute to the complete team performance in Sri Lanka, while stressing the importance of searching for further improvements.

It has been a fabulous tour, he said. It has been a complete team performance throughout the whole trip.

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Everyone has contributed in some shape or form and that is the most pleasing and impressive thing.

This team is capable of doing some really special things in the future if we maintain this attitude we have as a group. I feel confidence is building.

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