Mahela Jayawardene has announced that he will retire from Test cricket in August after
the upcoming series' against South Africa and Pakistan.
The former captain has been a terrific servant to Sri Lankan cricket, playing Test matches for the last eighteen years and scoring 11,493 runs in the process. His 145 Tests have yielded an impressive average of just over 50. In that time, he has hit 33 centuries and 48 fifties.
He made his debut for Sri Lanka in 1997 and his highest score came in 2006 when he scored 374 against South Africa in Colombo. His innings is the fourth highest Test score of all time.
Jayawardene has already retired from T20 cricket after helping his side to win the World T20 trophy in Bangladesh in April. He was also part of the Test side who recently beat England 1-0 in what was Sri Lanka's first series victory over England, in England.
He will go down in history as one of the greatest batsmen in Sri Lankan and world cricket history. He is currently the joint-sixth leading Test match run-scorer in history with his fellow countryman Kumar Sangakkara.
South Africa series
This week Jayawardene will expect to further increase his Test match record as Sri Lanka begin their two match Test series in South Africa. Once they depart South Africa they return home for another two match series, this time against Pakistan.
After the second and final Test match in Colombo, starting on the 14th August, Jayawardene will call time on his career.
However, the 37-year-old will continue to play One-Day cricket for Sri Lanka and will be
focussing on next year's 50-over World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, which begins in February. Glory in this format of the game will cap off what has been a fantastic career for him.
Sri Lanka's upcoming Test match fixtures:
Wednesday 16th July 2014
Sri Lanka v South Africa Galle
Thursday 24th July 2014
Sri Lanka v South Africa Colombo (SSC)
Wednesday 6th August 2014
Sri Lanka v Pakistan Galle
Thursday 14th August 2014
Sri Lanka v Pakistan Colombo (PSS)