For all exact three-match Test series that England have played over the years away from home, they’ve claimed a clean sweep of 3-0 only thrice in history. 

Each of these 3-0 away triumphs has occurred with a 50 years hiatus each. The last of these three clean sweeps was achieved on November 26, 2018, when England destroyed Sri Lanka in their own den. Joe Root’s England team thus became the first English side to achieve a 3-0 clean sweep in Asia. Before this recent accolade, England had done this 55 years ago. It was a series against the Blackcaps in New Zealand in 1962-63. The first-ever 3-0 clean sweep away from home for England was in 1895-96 against South Africa. 


The First Ever – In South Africa(1895-96)

The most recent victory of England over South Africa in South Africa was back in 2016. England successfully overthrew an undefeatable South Africa in their own den. England fast bowler Stuart Broad claimed 6/37 in an innings which ended up being a series defining spell. But the biggest ever triumph that England has achieved in South Africa dates back to the year 1896 when they toured South Africa for a three-match Test series. Test Cricket was just 49 Test matches old back then. The English side, led by Sir Tim O’Brien completely destroyed the home team in a one-sided affair. 


After 67 years – In New Zealand(1962-63)

Just like the above mentioned pre-war series in South Africa, in New Zealand, England achieved a similar feat. England claimed margin victories in all three matches and in both the series, two innings victories were inclusive. Another one-sided affair was turned into a 3-0 clean sweep into England’s account. A team that was led by captain Ted Dexter. Even though New Zealand captain John Reid hit a captain’s knock of 100 in the third Test at Christchurch, the rest of the team were completely dissolved by the English bowlers thus claiming a big win of 7 wickets.


A spinners’ paradise – In Sri Lanka(2018)

England’s tour of Sri Lanka in 2018 turned out to be a paradise for the spinners. A total of 100 wickets were claimed by spinners in the three-match Test series out of total 111 bowler wickets. This hundred wickets tally is the most in any series of fewer than five matches. Out of these 100 wickets, 51 were claimed by the Sri Lankan spinners whereas the English spinners picked up 49 wickets. England thus achieved their third 3-0 away clean sweep, also their first ever in Asia, after a span of 55 years since the victory in New Zealand. This was yet another one-sided affair with the home team being given no chances for a comeback.

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