Sri Lanka coach Chandika Hathurusingha believes allrounder Ben Stokes was the difference for England as the tourists completed a three-nil Test series whitewash in Colombo on Monday.
England were made to work hard in the Colombo heat before wrapping up a 3-0 win in a three-match away series in 55 years as they beat Sri Lanka by 42 runs at the Sinhalese Sports Club (SSC) on Tuesday.
Jos Buttler pulled England out of trouble with a controlled 64 on day 3 in Colombo to leave the tourists on the verge of a 3-0 series whitewash against Sri Lanka.
Keaton Jennings again starred in the field for England on day 2 of the third Test against Sri Lanka in Colombo, where Adil Rashid and Ben Stokes bowled brilliantly either side of the tea interval as the hosts capitulated from 173-1 to 240 all out.
England have decided to rest seamer James Anderson and replace him with Stuart Broad for the third and final Test against Sri Lanka in Colombo, starting on Friday.
Jos Buttler has admitted he will be happy to bat at three in the second Test against Sri Lanka, starting on Wednesday, if England want to tinker with the batting order.