Monday 23 October 2017 / 09:52 AM

Jayawardene retires

Legendary Sri Lankan batsman Mahele Jayawardene will bring the curtain down on a glittering Test match career following the series against South Africa and subcontinent arch-rivals Pakistan.

Jayawardene’s career began all the way back in 1997 when he burst onto the scene before carving out a slashing career that has seen him pile on over 11,000 runs in the middle order for his beloved Sri Lanka, notching up centuries on a whopping 33 occasions.

“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,” the 37-year-old former captain said in a statement released by Sri Lanka Cricket.

Jayawardene was part of a generation of young batsmen that truly put the small nation on the cricketing map alongside close friend and fellow legend Kumar Sangakkara.

Also a quality slip fieldsman, Jayawardene has taken 197 catches to date in 145 Tests.

He leaves his country in safe hands, with young captain Angelo Mathews leading the new breed of Sri Lankan cricketers.

 

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