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J'suriya eyes memorable exit from Tests

The Lankan said he wants to finish his career on a high note when he takes the field for a last time in the 2nd Test against Pakistan.

india Updated: Apr 02, 2006 16:09 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

Sri Lanka's prolific batsman Sanath Jayasuriya said he wants to finish his Test cricket career on a high note in front of a home crowd when he takes the field for a last time onMondayin the second Test against Pakistan.

"I will always give my 100 percent and want to leave on a successful note," the batsman told reporters on Sunday in the central town of Kandy.

"I like to finish it off with the people in Sri Lanka," said Jayasuriya, adding that he has been receiving regular calls from fans who want him not to leave, after a career spanning 15 ears.

Jayasuriya on Friday announced plans to retire from Test cricket. However, he said he will continue to play limited-overs cricket and be available for selection for the 2007 cricket World Cup in the West Indies.

"It was a sudden decision I took after the first Test," he said about the drawn match in Colombo.

"I thought I'll give a youngster a chance, we got that chance when we were young. Even though I am fit and performing I thought when the right time comes, I should give a chance to those deserving," he said.

I took that decision with positive thinking...So no regrets."

Jayasuriya, 36, has been Sri Lanka's most prolific batsman over the past decade in both Tests and limited-overs internationals.

First Published: Apr 02, 2006 16:09 IST