Winning a Test series away from home is almost always difficult and making a 3-0 clean sweep is unusual. So, even while acknowledging that Sri Lanka is in the midst of rebuilding their team, and that their captain, Chandimal, tore a muscle in the First Test and missed the next two, this must rank as one of England’s best series for a long time.

Some – those, that is, who think nothing much matters except an Ashes series – may sa