NOTTINGHAM, May 31, 2006 (AFP) – Muttiah Muralitharan has been told to keep his remarkable career going for as long as possible by Sri Lanka team-mate Michael Vandort.
Off-spin great Muralitharan has said in the build-up to this week’s third Test that he is determined to “go out in England on a high”, suggesting that the match, at Nottingham’s Trent Bridge ground, might be the 34-year-old’s final Test appearance in England.
“Murali is a character, you never know what his mind says. Maybe he’ll tell the press this is his last match (in England) but you may find him here in a few years time again, you wouldn’t be surprised,” Vandort said.
“He’s that kind of character, the more he plays the better for us,” he also told reporters at Trent Bridge on Wednesday.
Muralitharan, who will be nearing 40 by the time of Sri Lanka’s next tour of England, took 10 for 115 in the second Test at Edgbaston.
But he subsequently labelled his haul, which took him to 624 Test wickets, a “wasted effort” as England won the match, with more than a day to spare, by six wickets to go 1-0 up in the three-Test series after the opener at Lord’s was drawn.