England’s cricketers came from 2-1 down to beat Sri Lanka 3-2 in the 50-over series between the sides.
New one-day captain Alastair Cook led his charges to a thrilling 16-run win in a tight final game at Old Trafford to seal the series victory.
Many had questioned Cook’s selection as skipper, which saw him recalled to a side he had not played for in more than a year, but he responded with 298 runs in the five-match rubber.
Domestically, the first four quarter-finalists for the Twenty20 Cup have been confirmed as holders Hampshire, last year’s runners-up Somerset, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire. The other four will be known by the end of Friday evening.
In Formula One, Fernando Alonso won the British Grand Prix at Silverstone to claim Ferrari’s first win of the season.
The Spaniard took the lead from Sebastain Vettel while the runaway championship leader was in the pits. Vettel finished second, his Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber was third and Lewis Hamilton the leading British competitor in fourth.
England’s Luke Donald, Golf’s world number one, warmed up for this week’s Open Championship with victory in a rain-reduced Scottish Open.
After the tournament was cut from 72 to 54 holes, Donald finished on 19 under par – four shots ahead of Sweden’s Fredrik Andersson in second.
Wigan stayed top of Rugby League’s Super League with a 38-6 victory at Harlequins, but Warrington remained one point behind in second courtesy of a 28-16 win over third-placed Huddersfield.
St Helens took advantage of that result to move a point behind the Giants with a 46-6 triumph at Wakefield. Fifth-placed Catalan Dragons remained level on points with Saints thanks to a 38-18 defeat of Leeds.
Sixth-placed Castleford beat Bradford 34-30 and seventh-placed Hull saw off Salford 52-16. Outside the play-off places Hull KR won 38-10 at Crusaders.
In Football, Tottenham remain determined to keep playmaker Luka Modric although the player has claimed Spurs went back on a promise made last summer when they blocked a move to Chelsea last month.
Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas has again been linked with a move to Barcelona and team-mate Samir Nasri remains subject of a bid from Manchester United. The Gunners have been suggested as rivals to Liverpool for Aston Villa winger Stewart Downing’s signature.