Sri Lanka experienced batsman Mahela Jayawardene has declared that he will be retiring from Test cricket after series against South Africa and Pakistan. Sri Lanka takes on South Africa in a two-match Test series starting Wednesday.In a letter to the Sri Lanka Cricket chief executive Ashley de Silva, Jayawardene said, “It was not an easy decision to make given that it has been a great privilege and honour representing my country during the past 18 years, but I believe this is the right time”.
Mahela Jayawardene will play 2 Tests against South Africa on July 16 and July 24, respectively, followed by a two-match series against Pakistan in August. Jayawardene, though, added that he was completely dedicated to representing the country in the ODIs. This would mean that Sri Lanka will not miss him during the World Cup 2015 to be hosted mutually by Australia and New Zealand.
Mahela Jayawardene, who made his Test debut against India in 1997, played 145 Tests scoring 11493 runs with 33 hundreds and 48 fifties.