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England's 2-0 victory over Sri Lanka is a terrific achievement

It perhaps best puts England’s achievement in winning five successive overseas Tests in context by understanding that, the last time they did it – they actually won seven in a row between 1911 and 1914 – Jack Hobbs was in the side, George V was on the throne and Archduke Franz Ferdinand was still thinking ‘this afternoon might be a lovely opportunity for a drive’.

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