Mahela Jayawardene to retire from Test cricket

Sri Lankan batsman Mahela Jayawardene raises his bat in celebration after scoring a century (100 runs) during the second day of the second cricket Test match between Pakistan and Sri Lanka at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai on January 9,
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Former Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene announces his retirement from Test cricket.

Sri Lanka batsman Mahela Jayawardene has announced that he will retire from Test cricket after the forthcoming series against South Africa and Pakistan.

The 37-year-old has scored 11,493 runs in 145 Tests at an average of 51.66 since making his debut in 1997.

The former captain has admitted that it is the right time for him to retire.

"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," EuroSport quotes Jayawardene as saying.

"But I believe this is the right time."

Jayawardene has stated that he will continue to play one-day cricket for Sri Lanka.

Sri Lankan batsman Tillakaratne Dilshan plays a shot during the third and final Twenty20 cricket match between Sri Lanka and South Africa at the Suriyawewa Mahinda Rajapakse International Cricket Stadium in the southern district of Hambantota on August 6,
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