Monday, 18 August 2014 - 8:02
Mahela bids farewell from test cricket today: Sanga scotches retirement fears
Test cricket will bid farewell to one of its most elegant strokemakers when Mahela Jayawardene quits the longer format after the second Test against Pakistan today.
The elegant right-hander retired from Twenty20 internationals after Sri Lanka's title-winning campaign in the World T20 in April, but still hopes to compete in next year's one-day World Cup Down Under.
Mahela Jayawardene is one of only five batsmen to score more than 11,000 runs in both Test and one-day cricket -- the others being Sachin Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting, Jacques Kallis and team-mate Kumar Sangakkara.
An average of 50.02 over 148 Tests with 34 centuries illustrates his hunger for runs through a 17-year-career.
Meanwhile, addressing a media briefing held yesterday veteran Batsman Kumar Sangakkara stated that following the world cup he will take a decision regarding his career.