Tuesday, 05 August 2014 - 17:32
Sri Lanka, Pakistan Gear for Mahela Jayawardene Finale
Hosts Sri Lanka hope to give retiring former Captain Mahela Jayawardene a winning farewell, when they take on Pakistan for a 6th Test series, in as many years from tomorrow.
The elegant right-hander, sixth in the all-time scorers' list with 11,671 runs in 147 Tests since his debut in 1997, is due to quit the longer format after the series.
Jayawardene, 37, who retired from T20 internationals after Sri Lanka's title-winning campaign in the World T20 in April, still hopes to compete in next year's one-day World Cup Down Under.
But he will be remembered most for his exploits in Test cricket, where he averages a commendable 50.09 -- with a monumental 374 against South Africa in 2006, the best of his 34 centuries.