Video - The Time Was Right To Retire - Jayawardene
Watch as former Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene says he had a 'gut feeling' that at the age of 37, the time was right for him to retire from Test cricket.
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Jayawardene scored 54 in his final Test innings before Sri Lanka wrapped up a 105-run win over Pakistan to give him a memorable send-off at his home ground.
Speaking at the Sinhalese Sports Club ground following the match, he said that he had enjoyed representing his country since making his debut in 1997.
"I'm quite privileged and happy to be here and at the same time to play for Sri Lanka for such a long time. I've thoroughly enjoyed all those moments," he said.
"The decision for me to retire is something I have been thinking about for some time. It came to mind, that I felt that, for me the right time.
"The time was right. It was a gut feeling but I've always gone with my gut feeling so, I believe that, given the fact that we don't have a home Test for 12 months it's time for a new generation to take over and move on."
He added that the passion of the Sri Lankan supporters is something he will always treasure.
"I'm a Sri Lankan, that's it. I played with a lot of pride representing my country.
"I have the same passion as the fans have, the same passion the fellow cricketers have, same passion that the entire nation has, so it's quite easy to play for a country like that..."
Although Jayawardene has now retired from Twenty20 International and Test cricket, he will continue to play One-Day Internationals, where he will be bid to appear in a third World Cup final next year.
Video courtesy of SNTV
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