Sri Lanka’s Jayasuriya quits Test cricket

KANDY, Sri Lanka, Dec 3, 2007 (AFP) – Sanath Jayasuriya, Sri Lanka’s highest scorer in both forms of cricket, has decided to retire from Test cricket, officials said Monday. The 38-year-old left-hander will end his Test career after the ongoing first Test against England at the Asgiriya stadium here, but will continue to play limited-overs cricket.

“Sanath has decided to retire from Test matches,” Sri Lanka Cricket media manager Samantha Algama told AFP.

Jayasuriya marked his last Test innings with a spectacular 78 earlier on Monday, an innings that included six boundaries in one over from James Anderson.

It was Jayasuriya’s highest Test score in 16 Tests since the last of his 14 centuries in Karachi in 2005 and was reportedly under pressure from selectors to call it a day or be axed.

Jayasuriya’s 6,973 runs from 110 Tests and 12,207 runs in 403 one-dayers are the highest by any Sri Lankan batsman. He has also claimed 97 Test and 307 one-day wickets with his left-arm spin.

“I am retiring after this Test,” Jayasuriya told reporters after the third day’s play in the first Test which ended with Sri Lanka 74 runs ahead with eight wickets in hand.