Thursday 30 July 2009 

Muralitharan To Retire From Test Cricket In 2010

Muralitharan To Retire From Test Cricket In 2010
Muralitharan To Retire From Test Cricket In 2010
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Sri Lankan off-spinner and vice-captain Muttiah Muralitharan is to retire from Test cricket in 2010.

The spinner, who has taken more wickets than any other bowler in both Tests and One-Day International cricket, told reporters after Sri Lanka's 36-run win against Pakistan in the opening ODI in Dambulla that he planned to end his Test career next year.

"We don't have many Test matches next year but I am thinking that next year's test series against West Indies will be my last two Test matches," he said.

He added that he would continue to play ODIs and Twenty20 Internationals, and he will be aiming to play in his fifth World Cup, held in Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka in 2011.

Muralitharan currently has 770 Test wickets and 505 ODI wickets having first played for his country in 1992 and was part of the sides that lifted the 1996 World Cup and finished as runners-up in the 2007 World Cup in the Caribbean and the 2009 ICC World Twenty20 in England.

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