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Lahiru Thirimanne announces retirement from international cricket

The 33-year-old was part of the Sri Lankan side that won the T20 World Cup in 2014

Lahiru Thirimanne raises his third Test century, Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh, 2nd Test, Pallekele, 1st day, April 29, 2021

Lahiru Thirimanne last played for Sri Lanka in March 2022  •  AFP via Getty Images

Sri Lanka batter Lahiru Thirimanne has announced his retirement from international cricket after a 13-year career.
"As a player I have given my best, I have tried my best, I have respected the game and I have done my duty honestly and ethically to my motherland," Thirimanne posted on Facebook on Saturday.
"It was a difficult decision to make, but I cannot mention here the many unexpected reasons that influenced me to take this decision willingly or unwillingly. I take this opportunity to thank the SLC members, my coaches, teammates, physios, trainers and analysts for their support and encouragement."
Thirimanne, 33, played 44 Tests, 127 ODIs and 26 T20Is after making his international debut in 2010. He was part of three T20 World Cup campaigns, including Sri Lanka's win in 2014, and played two ODI World Cups. He also led Sri Lanka in five ODIs.
"Absolute honor to have the opportunity to represent the country," he posted on Instagram. "Thanks a lot for the 13 years of amazing memories and well wishes thru out my journey (sic). See you on the other side."
His last international match was the Test against India in Bengaluru in March 2022. The last of his three Test centuries came against Bangladesh in 2021 when his 140 helped Sri Lanka win the match in Pallekele. He was especially impressive in ODIs in 2015 when he scored 861 runs in 25 games with one century and six half-centuries.
Thirimanne played first-class cricket in the most recent season in Sri Lanka, but has lived in Australia for much of the past two years. He has not been consistently available for Test selection, and has since been replaced at the top of the order by the likes of Nishan Madushka and Pathum Nissanka.