"This is very special and I thought we played some really good stuff". They played some outstanding cricket.
England's unparalleled depth of all-round talent, which was in particular evidence in their recovery from 103 for 5 on the first morning, was the stand-out feature of their victory, and Root admitted that it had been "great fun" marshalling his troops on their fourth-innings victory push. If the pitches look drastically different we can adapt to that with a different XI.
But both fell after attacking shots, with Kaushal leg before trying to sweep Leach for 30 and Karunaratne caught and bowled by Ali for 26 as he skipped down the pitch for an attempted heave. Really proud of Foakes and the rest of the guys.
Karunaratne had been given an early life by Ben Stokes at slip, England's best catcher grassing one off Moeen Ali, but did not cash in.
After lunch Kusal Mendis hit Leach for four over his head but attempting a repeat the next ball spooned the ball to Moeen and departed for 46. In the first innings, for example, Niroshan Dickwella pushed at a Moeen Ali delivery, and put it straight in the hands of the short cover that had been placed there for exactly that stroke. In Test cricket, especially on wickets like these, it is very hard to come back, ' he said.
Kavisha Dilhari, Yashoda Mendis, Udeshika Prabodini and Shashikala Siriwadana are all players who have played a fair number of T20 matches, but as to how to they fare against a team that knows how to win big tournaments and has won the World T20 once remains to be seen.
Soon afterwards Angelo Mathews, dropped on 18 by James Anderson, went for 53, was caught by Jos Buttler at midwicket with Ali the wicker-taker again. Credit to England, they outplayed us. He was followed into the pavilion by Akila Dananjaya for 8. "And to be as consistent as that throughout a whole Test match, which is something we haven't always got right in the past, especially away from home, has been really pleasing".
Sri Lanka, meanwhile, haven't been in good touch, losing a five-match Twenty20 worldwide series 4-0 to India and looking over-reliant on their top batter and captain Chamari Athapaththu.
"The seamers might not get the praise they deserve throughout this game, they built a lot of pressure".