Mark Ramprakash calls for England to 'finish the job'

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England will be out to re-discover a ruthless streak as they bid for a 3-0 whitewash of Sri Lanka at Lord's.

Alastair Cook's team appear to be on the up and have surged into a series-sealing lead with wide-margin wins at Headingley and Durham.

They have previous, though, over the past two years of faltering late in series - and England's coaching staff are warning they need to get out of that habit.

Last summer, England lost the second and final Test of a high-octane early-season series to only draw against New Zealand - and then with the Ashes in the bag, they also came up short as Australia reduced their margin of defeat to 3-2 at The Oval.

Since then, it was a similar story in South Africa - where the series was again won by the time England lost by 280 runs at Centurion.

Batting coach Mark Ramprakash confirmed England do need to address the issue.

"I think the players are very much aware of that," he said.

"I'm sure it will be reiterated over the next couple of days."

He anticipates, however, that the occasion of a Lord's Test will help to make sure England are on their game from one to 11.

"A Test match at Lord's is the pinnacle of your career, or certainly one of the highlights," Ramprakash added.

"So all the players have plenty to play for individually, and that will help collectively as a team.

"It should come from within.

"I hope lessons will have been learned because this group of players have come unstuck in the last Test, most recently in South Africa.

"That wasn't a good feeling, so we hope the guys will want to finish the job off this week."

Nick Compton is perhaps the player with most to gain or lose on his home ground, having admitted himself before last week's nine-wicket success at Chester-le-Street that he had to make runs to secure his Test future.

Compton mustered only nine in the first innings there but an unbeaten 22 as England cantered to victory second time round.

Ramprakash is hoping that will have boosted the number three batsman's confidence.

"I thought there were good signs at Durham," he said.

"He has something to build on - I thought he was very composed in the second innings there.

"I hope that will carry over into this game."

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