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Mahela Jayawardene becomes first Sri Lankan to reach 11000 Test runs

Mahela Jayawardene set up Sri Lanka for a series win on Day 4 © AFP
Mahela Jayawardene set up Sri Lanka for a series win on Day 4 © AFP

Sharjah: Jan 19, 2014

Veteran Sri Lankan batsman Mahela Jayawardene joined the 11,000 Test runs club during the fourth day of the third and final Test against Pakistan in Sharjah on Sunday.

The 36-year-old, when on eight, swept off-spinner Saeed Ajmal for a six to complete 11,000 runs in his 141st Test, becoming the eighth batsman but first Sri Lankan to achieve the milestone.

India’s recently retired Sachin Tendulkar topped the list of most runs with 15,921 in a record 200 Tests.

The list includes two players each from India, the West Indies and Australia and one from Sri Lanka and South Africa.

Jayawardene scored 46 in Sri Lanka’s 133 for 5 at close of play on the fourth day.

List of players with 11,000 or more runs in Test cricket: (name,matches, runs)

Player M R
Sachin Tendulkar 200 15,921
Ricky Ponting 168 13,378
Jacques Kallis 166 13,289
Rahul Dravid 164 13,288
Brian Lara 131 11,953
Shivnarine Chanderpaul 152 11,229
Allan Border 156 11,174
Mahela Jayawardene 140 11,033

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