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Sri Lanka's captain and leading Test run scorer
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Didn't want to jeopardise our hard work

Jul 14, 2012: Mahela Jayawardene on why Sri Lanka decided to settle for a draw in Pallekele, and the factors that helped his side beat Pakistan

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A gamble that almost backfired

Jul 7, 2012: The decision to bowl at the SSC proved risky, and there could have been a result had the Test been played the full five days

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DRS could have made big impact

Jun 28, 2012: We need technology to help the umpires, the ICC can step in and help certain cricket boards finance it

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We have gone one-up on their bowlers

Jun 21, 2012: We didn't handle Pakistan's strong bowling well during the series in the UAE, but are more confident after the victory in the one-dayers

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The start of World Twenty20 preparations

May 31, 2012: The games against Pakistan, and the one against India, are the chance to zero in on our perfect Twenty20 squad

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As a captain, you love to be challenged

Mar 31, 2012: The win against England didn't come easy for Sri Lanka; which made it that much more special

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You need to fight Australia for every run

Mar 3, 2012: Sri Lanka did well to move on from the Hobart defeat, defending a modest target to qualify for the CB Series finals. Now the last hurdle

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We need to play the Sri Lankan brand of cricket

Dec 14, 2011: Doing well in South Africa will be about facing the challenge head on and playing the natural, aggressive game Sri Lanka are known for

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We need to put the Pakistan series behind us

Nov 27, 2011: It has been a disappointing outing for Sri Lanka in the UAE, but we've got to look ahead to South Africa

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Two-fifty is a good score under the new Powerplay rules

Nov 17, 2011: Large totals are going to be difficult to achieve without good starts. Teams are going to have to rethink their strategies

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We've competed, but we've slipped up as well

Nov 9, 2011: One bad session apiece has cost Sri Lanka their last three series. Ironing out those mistakes will be top priority for the side

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Our mental approach has let us down

Nov 1, 2011: The Pakistan bowling attack has tested Sri Lanka in the first two Tests. Now the Sri Lankan batsmen must figure a way to score off them

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We're looking to build a strong pace unit

Oct 24, 2011: Sri Lanka got the better of the draw in the first Test, but a bowling attack that struggles to take 20 wickets is a worry

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Not all doom and gloom despite defeat

Jul 11, 2011: We played some good cricket, weren't outplayed for long periods of time and unearthed some really talented youngsters

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Chandimal earned his stripes

Jul 5, 2011: Maybe the go-slow at the end was not exactly ideal, but Dinesh Chandimal showed he could take whatever England dished out

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Cook has my sympathies

Jun 30, 2011: Being an international captain is hard, especially of England, whose limited-overs side are, like ours, in a phase of rebuilding and rethinking

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Sri Lanka in England 2011

We didn't take the easy way out

Jun 22, 2011: Sri Lanka could have gone into the Tests against England with seven batsmen, but we chose not to, for the sake of building a team for the future

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Sri Lanka in England 2011

We will miss Dilshan

Jun 15, 2011: It's a big loss, but we were never going to take any chances with our captain

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Sri Lanka in England 2011

We passed the test of character

Jun 7, 2011: After what happened in Cardiff, it was always going to be a test of character at Lord's, and we came through it really well

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Sri Lanka in England 2011

Forget day five

Jun 1, 2011: A look back at the Cardiff Test and what positives, if any, can be taken from it

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