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11 milestones Mahela Jaywardene can aim for before he bids farewell to Test cricket

Mahela Jayawardene announced his retirement from Tests earlier this month © Getty Images
Mahela Jayawardene announced his retirement from Tests earlier this month © Getty Images

Mahela Jayawardene announced that he will retire from Test cricket after the series against Pakistan. He can play a maximum of four more Test matches.  Bharath Seervi lists some of the records and milestones which Jayawardene can aim for in his last four Tests.

Sri Lankan batsman Mahela Jayawardene has announced his retirement from the longer format of the game after the Pakistan series at home. The 37-year old classical batsman had retired from Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) after Sri Lanka’s World T20 victory in Bangladesh.

Sri Lanka is playing two Test matches against South Africa and will play two more against Pakistan in August. Hence, Jayawardene has at the most four Test matches to play. The Lankan batting legend has many records to his name, and can add a few more in these four Tests before hanging up his boots.

Here are some of the milestones Jayawardene that are within his striking range:

1.    He needs 507 runs to become the fifth batsman to reach 12,000 Test runs.

2.    He requires three more catches to become the third player after Rahul Dravid and Jacques Kallis to take 200 catches in Test cricket as a fielder.

3.    He has been involved in 487 partnerships in his Test career of 145 matches. If he can be involved in another 13, he will become the 12th player to be involved in 500 partnerships in a Test career, and the second Sri Lankan after Kumar Sangakkara (520) to do so.

4.    He needs to be a part of six more partnerships of at least 50 runs to become the player with sixth highest number of such partnerships in his Test career. He has been involved in 164 such partnerships so far.

5.    He can reach 75 century partnerships if he becomes part of another three. Only Rahul Dravid (88), Sachin Tendulkar (86) and Ricky Ponting (85) have been a part of more century partnerships than him.

6.    He needs one more century to become the third batsman to score 30 or more Test centuries batting at No 4.

7.    He has scored 22 Test centuries at home. If he can score another one, he will equal Jacques Kallis and Ricky Ponting’s record of 23 Test centuries at home. Two centuries will take him past both of them.

8.    He needs 154 more runs to become the fourth batsman to reach 7,000 Test runs at home.

9.    He needs four more scores of 50 and above to become the batsman with most number of 50-plus scores in Tests in Asia.

10.  He has a partnership aggregate of 23,633 runs in his Test career. If he can be involved in partnerships worth another 337 runs, he will be the seventh batsman to have been involved in 24,000 partnership runs in Test cricket.

11.  He can become the second Sri Lankan after Marvan Atapattu to score a century in his last match.

(Bharath Seervi is a cricket statistician who is obsessed with digging numbers, facts and records related to the game. An active member of Society of Cricket Statisticians of India, he blogs atwww.cricketseervistats.blogspot.com. He can be followed on Twitter atwww.twitter.com/SeerviBharath and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SeerviCricket)

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