Sri lanka gives sendoff to Jayawardene for Test match…


Mahela Jayawardene, is a Sri Lankan cricketer and a former captain of the Sri Lankan cricket team. He is a specialist batsman. He left the test scene on Monday vowing to devote his energies towards helping Sri Lanka win another 50-over World Cup next year in Australia and New Zealand.

Sri Lanka last won the World Cup in 1996 and were beaten in the final in 2007 and 2011.

The 37-year-old Jayawardene ended his test career on a high as his team beating Pakistan by 105 runs to take the two-match series 2-0.

Victory sparked memorable scenes with the master batsman congratulated by President Mahinda Rajapaksa before being carried around the ground by his team mates amid the lighting of firecrackers.

“Right now I don`t have any plans and I`ve not signed any contracts,” Jayawardene told a packed news conference. “It all depends on what kind of interest I get in the next six months or so.

“For me right now the thing is to get myself motivated for the next World Cup, to get myself fit and ready. I can`t guarantee I will be part of the squad but my focus will be to try to get another winner`s medal.”

Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara were given a fitting farewell when they retired from Twenty20 cricket as Sri Lanka beat India in the final in Dhaka in April. Right-hander Jayawardene, who compiled 11,814 runs at an average of 49.84 in his 149 tests, said the most treasured moment of his 17-year international career was getting his hands on his first cap.

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