8:08 AM

Sanath Jayasuriya announces retirement from Tests

Sanath Jayasuriya, the ‘Master Blaster’ who almost single-handedly changed the character of the one-day format of cricket and who has been one of the most consistent performers with bat and ball for Sri Lanka over the past 15 years, announced that the Kandy Test against England will be his land.

"I will be retiring from Tests after this match," Jayasuriya confirmed to a television channel covering the series. "I wanted to end my Test career in Sri Lanka, particularly in Kandy. I will continue playing one-day internationals."

Jayasuriya said that it was the right time to retire: “There are some young guys coming up, and I wanted to go while on top. Life without cricket will be tough, but I will still be playing one-day cricket and contributing to the team."

Jayasuriya played 109 tests, scoring 6885 runs including 14 centuries and 30 fifties at an average of 40.02 and 403 one-day internationals, scoring 12,207 runs (25 centuries and 64 fifties) at an average of 32.63 and a blistering strike rate of 90.40. He has also bagged 97 test wickets and 307 in one-day internationals, making him one of the greatest allrounders seen in both forms of the game. He has been a brilliant fielder and has been one of the most successful captains in Sri Lanka’s cricketing history.