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Mahela Jayawardene resigns from test cricket, will continue playing ODIs

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COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - Former Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jaywardene will retire from test cricket, but will continue to play ODIs, the nation's cricket board said Monday.

In a letter to Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) Chief Executive Officer Ashley De Silva, the 37-year old has stated that he would like to retire from test cricket after the forthcoming series against South Africa and Pakistan, said SLC in a statement.

"It was not an easy decision to make given that it has been a great privilege and honour representing my country during the past 18 years, but I believe this is the right time," Jayawardene said.

Jayawardene, a right hand batsman, made his debut in 1997, and has since played 145 tests, scoring 11,493 runs at an average of 50.18 with 33 hundreds.

He has "reiterated that he is fully committed to playing ODI cricket for Sri Lanka."

Jayawardene retired from Twenty20 cricket in April after his side won the world title.

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