Sri Lanka news July 23, 2014

Jayawardene to sign off at the SSC

ESPNcricinfo staff

Mahela Jayawardene's swan song will be at his home ground, after SLC's Executive Committee decided to move the second Test against Pakistan from the P Sara Oval to the SSC ground. Jayawardene has been prolific at the venue, piling up 2698 Test runs at an average 77.08.

Jayawardene also hit the highest score for a Sri Lankan and the highest score by a right-hander, at SSC, when he made 374 against South Africa there in 2006. He has played for SSC since his late teens, following a highly successful school cricket career with Nalanda College.

The change of venue means Jayawardene's final series will be played at his two favourite grounds, with the first match against Pakistan in Galle. No batsman has made more Test runs at any venue than Jayawardene has made at both. SLC said it will celebrate his career with commemorative events at both venues.

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  • Dummy4 on July 24, 2014, 7:17 GMT

    @John_Geo, Thanks because your comments has been reached to MJ

  • Ashok on July 24, 2014, 5:30 GMT

    @birkat: Mate, you forgot Lara's 375!

  • bira on July 24, 2014, 4:52 GMT

    @Triple_A: Have you checked the records? There are only 2 individual scores ahead of Mahela's 374. Lara's 400* and Hayden's 380. Both left handers.

  • john on July 24, 2014, 3:36 GMT

    I agree with the comment posted earlier that Sri Lanka is surely destined to lose this match. Not because they cannot counter SA but because of their biased selection approach. If Mahela plays, Sri Lanka's demise is certain. He, in his present state cannot face this SA attack and the middle order that that is already feeble going to get from worse to hopeless with his inclusion. PLEASE replace Mahela before he does further damage and try out some fresh blood. At least that will be an investment for the future.

  • ESPN on July 24, 2014, 2:32 GMT

    Ok.. Someone give me a stat. What is the average amount of runs that is usually scored in a test match at this ground. I bet it's quite a few. With not many results on this ground. Usually a batsmens paradise pitch.

  • Dhushan on July 23, 2014, 23:09 GMT

    Come on Maiya, score 1 of those elegant 100s to help us level the series. I really hope you come good. Thanks for the good times.

  • Chinath on July 23, 2014, 21:56 GMT

    He is clearly the most overrated SL player. I won't miss him. Better replace him with Vithanage or another youngster soon for the sake of team SL.

  • King on July 23, 2014, 17:44 GMT

    Come on Maiya..... Do it again for one last time. This is it. You have to come good. You have no option brother.

  • chami on July 23, 2014, 17:37 GMT

    This guy is a very emotional player... I dont think he is going to score any runs during those matches.

  • Luka on July 23, 2014, 15:47 GMT

    Highest score by a you are just creating records for the sake of it!

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