Mahela Jayawardene © AFP (File photo)
Mahela Jayawardene © AFP (File photo)

Jul 25, 2014

Sri Lankan batsman Mahela Jayawardene has completed 7,000 Test runs on home soil. he achieved the milestone during the second Test between Sri Lanka and South Africa at the Sinhalese Sports Club (SSC), Colombo. Jayawardene had reached his 34th Test ton on Day One. That was also his 11th Test ton at the SSC. Jayawardene is the leading run-scorer in Sri Lanka and the next best is Kumar Sangakkara with 6,238 runs. Jayawardene now has crossed 150.

Jayawardene has announced his retirement from Test cricket and this is his penultimate series. The Test series against Pakistan that follows will be his last for Sri Lanka. However, he will continue to play in One-Day Internationals (ODIs), leading up to the 2015 World Cup.

Leading Test run-scores in Sri Lanka:

Batsman M R Ave 100s 50s
Mahela Jayawardene 79 7,009* 61.48 23 32
Kumar Sangakkara 69 6,238 62.38 21 22
Sanath Jayasuriya 62 4,114 43.76 9 19
Aravinda de Silva 44 3,290 52.22 11 13
Thilan Samaraweera 45 3,123 53.84 8 18

*Jayawardene’s score was 150 not out at Colombo at the time of writing.

Catch live scores and ball-by-ball commentary of the first day’s play between South Africa and Sri Lanka here