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Mahela to retire from Tests

Colombo: Former Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene announced his retirement from Test cricket following the home series against South Africa and Pakistan this year.

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) said Jayawardene, 37, has written a letter to the chief executive officer Ashley De Silva, announcing his wish to retire from the longest version of the game.

“It was not an easy decision to make given that it has been a great privilege and honour representing my country during the past 18 years. But I believe this is the right time”, Jayawardene was quoted as saying.

The veteran batsman will play two Tests against South Africa on July 16 and July 24, respectively, followed by a two-match series against Pakistan in August. Jayawardene, though, added that he was fully committed to representing Sri Lanka in the one-dayers.

This would mean that Sri Lanka would not miss him during next year’s World Cup to be hosted jointly by Australia and New Zealand.

Jayawardene, who made his Test debut against India in 1997, played 145 Tests, scoring 11,493 runs with 33 centuries and 48 fifties.

With scores of 22 and 79, he recently made his presence felt in a 100-run win over England at Headingley to give Sri Lanka a Test series victory on English soil.