Sri Lankan batsman Sanath Jayasuriya: The end of an
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Sri Lanka's veteran opening batsman Sanath Jayasuriya will retire from test cricket at the conclusion of the current match being played against England in Kandy.

The 38 year old has played 109 test matches and scored 6885 runs at more than 40 runs an innings.

"Sanath will retire from test matches after this match,'' Sri Lanka Cricket spokesman Samantha Algama said.

Jayasuriya announced his retirement earlier from tests before in 2006 apparently because of compulsion from the selectors but he later came out of retirement.

"This is the best opportunity for me to retire from test cricket," Jayasuriya said, after team mate Muttiah Muralitharan had take his record breaking wicket.

"I decided that this is my last one."

Jayasuriya scored 78 in his last test innings Monday and was out lbw to England pace bowler Matthew Hoggard.

He will continue to play limited-overs cricket.

Source: Agencies