Tuesday, 10 April 2012 - 8:26
Mahela wants to find new captain



Mahela Jayawardene has reiterated that his current role as Sri Lankan captain is a short-term job and he wants to find his successor as soon as possible.

He accepted a request to captain the team again after Tillakaratne Dilshan lost the post following the tour of South Africa.

The results have been creditable so far, especially in the CB Series in Australia and the Test series against England which ended 1-1.

Jayawardene also claimed the Man-of-the-Series award after scoring 354 runs including two centuries.

However at 34, Jayawardene, who has now linked up with the IPL along with a number of his team-mates, knows he is coming towards the end of his career and sees a large part of his role now as ensuring a smooth transition to a new long-term captain.

But Jayawardene has no immediate plans to reconsider his future in the international game.

After a short-term slump in Test cricket, where he did not reach fifty in 12 innings, his results during the England series showed a batsman at the top of his game.

Sri Lanka's next engagement in Test cricket is against Pakistan following the IPL.

Jayawardene, though, does not want to jump to any conclusions about what changes may be needed and insists consistency will bring rewards in the longer term.

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