Dilshan Retires From Test Cricket

Tillakaratne Dilshan
Tillakaratne Dilshan, pictured here in Australia, has announced his retirement from Test cricket
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Sri Lankan all-rounder and former captain Tillakaratne Dilshan has announced his retirement from Test cricket with immediate effect.

Although latterly excelling in the shorter forms of the game, particularly Twenty20 cricket where his innovative use of the 'Dilscoop' has made him an exciting player to watch, he has been a key member of Sri Lanka's Test side.

Either batting in the middle order, opening or occasionally taking the wicket-keeping gloves, he played 87 Tests having made his debut against Zimbabwe in 1999.

He finishes with a total of 5,492 runs at an average of 40.98 including 16 centuries and 23 half-centuries.

He was the first man to successfully overturn an on-field decision after being given out when the Umpire Decision Review System was first trialled in 2008.

Dilshan, now 36, led the side between 2011 and 2012, scoring his career-high score of 193 while captaining his country during the 2011 Lord's Test against England.

His final Test appearance came earlier this year against Bangladesh, when he registered a two-ball duck in the first innings and made 57 in 73 balls in the second innings of a seven-wicket win.

Sri Lanka were scheduled to begin a series in Zimbabwe tomorrow which was due to be Dilshan's final tour.

"I have decided to take this decision to allow Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) to groom another youngster in my place," he said.

"I was to announce my retirement after the Zimbabwe Test series but unfortunately the tour was postponed."

Following the postponement of the tour, SLC organised a domestic four-day tournament involving many of their Test stars as well as promising youngsters.

Earlier this week, Dilshan was replaced in one of the three squads by Kaushal Silva due to injury.

He is expected to remain available for limited overs cricket and aims to keep playing until the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

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