Moores knows England were not ruthless enough

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Coach Peter Moores lamented England's inability to capitalise, after Sri Lanka cherished a 100-run victory – and historic series win – late on day five of the second and final Test at Headingley on Tuesday.

Coach Peter Moores lamented England's inability to capitalise, after Sri Lanka cherished a 100-run victory – and historic series win – late on day five of the second and final Test at Headingley on Tuesday.

Slipping to 57 for five in the face of a staunch 350-run target, the hosts recovered on the back of a rearguard alliance between batsman Moeen Ali and Joe Root.

The tourists fought back, though, eventually removing tail-ender James Anderson in the final scheduled over to clinch a maiden series victory in the United Kingdom.

Seamer Liam Plunkett's telling nine-wicket haul and outstanding centuries from opener Sam Robson and the left-handed Moeen Ali, meanwhile, proved in vain in front of a disappointed Leeds crowd.

"It's a tough one, and there are some tough lessons from the game," Moores told <i>Sky Sports</i>. "We played with a spirit and a fight, which is how we want to play all the time.

"I'm not sure we played with spirit and fight exactly like that every second of the game. We got ourselves in a great position after two days, and we didn't drive that home.

"There's got to be a ruthless nature to how you play your cricket at this level, and when you got in front you've got to be tough enough to make sure you drive that home. We didn't do that.

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