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Mahela Jayawardene of Sri Lanka to retire from Test cricket

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Sri Lankan batsman Mahela Jayawardene will retire from Test cricket later this year, The Guardian reports.

The announcement from the 37-year-old came Monday. Jayawardene will still play in one-day internationals for Sri Lanka. He retired from the Twenty20 format after Sri Lanka's recent ICC World Twenty20 triumph.  

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"Addressing a letter to the chief executive officer of SLC Mr Ashley de Silva, Mahela Jayawardene has stated that he would like to retire from Test cricket after the forthcoming Test series against South Africa and Pakistan."

The former captain Jayawardene said: "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  has made 11,493 runs in 145 Tests at an average of above 50. He is tied for sixth with Kumar Sangakkara on the all-time list of record run scorers.

- Sarah Barshop

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