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Thursday, 13 December 2012 - 10:37
Jayawardene to step down as captain after tour
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Mahela Jaywardene has confirmed he will step down from the captaincy at the end of Sri Lanka's tour of Australia - a move he had hinted at for some months now.

Jayawardene's second stint at the helm began in January, when he was called in to replace Tillakaratne Dilshan, and he committed to a 12-month tenure, which expires at the end of the current tour.

The second Twenty20 at the MCG on January 28 will be his final match as captain.

Vice-captain Angelo Mathews is the most likely successor, and Jayawardene said his decision to step down was largely borne from a desire to assist Mathews with leadership in Mathews' first phase as captain.

Jayawardene will continue to be available for selection in all forms of cricket.

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