ENGLAND produced a stunning comeback on day four of the second Test in Galle to beat Sri Lanka by six wickets, with the side's Yorkshire contingent all playing a prominent role.

Yorkshire superstar Joe Root had given England a sniff on day three, hitting a superb 186 to guide his side to 339-9 at the close of play.

But when Jack Leach was dismissed early on this morning, England closed their first innings on 344 all out, 37 behind their hosts.

With the seamers showing no sign of a breakthrough early on, visiting captain Root turned to his Yorkshire teammate Bess, as well as the bespectacled Leach.

And it was the spin twins who proved decisive, ripping through the Sri Lankans with four wickets apiece to leave them floundering on 78-8.

But with Lasith Embuldeniya hitting a valiant 40 down the order, the home side gave themselves some hope.

It was left to Root himself to finish off the innings, dismissing Embuldeniya and Asitha Fernando off consecutive deliveries to dismiss Sri Lanka for just 126.

With Zak Crawley out early on in pursuit of the 164-run target, Yorkshire batsman and Bradfordian Jonny Bairstow came to the crease.

Similar to his tempo-changing innings in the astonishing Ben Stokes Test at Headingley in last year's Ashes, Bairstow seized the initiative here, compiling a quickfire 29.

He was trapped in front by Embuldeniya to leave England on 62-2, and when Root was dismissed cheaply for 11, and rookie Dan Lawrence unluckily for two, the visitors were in trouble on 89-4.

But opener Dom Sibley (56 not out) and the imperious Jos Buttler (46no­) batted superbly, putting on an unbroken partnership of 75 to see England home to a superb 2-0 series win.

Root has won all five of his Tests as captain in Asia, and perhaps even more impressively, has guided England to five away wins in a row for the first time in over 100 years.