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Mahela Jayawardene: I don’t think I have the patience to be a coach

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Mahela Jayawardene retired after the second Test against pakistan on his home ground, SSC at Colombo© AFP

Aug 18, 2014

Mahela Jayawardene spoke to commentator Dean Jones about his Test career and his plans for the future. Jayawardene expressed his willingness to contribute to the growth of Sri Lankan cricket at junior levels but remained firm that he won’t take up any kind of coaching job.

“I don’t know whether I have the patience to be a coach. It is a tough job. I will definitely try and contribute to Sri Lankan cricket. I will get involved with junior cricketers not as coach but develop them as cricketers. I haven’t really thought so far ahead. I still have at least eight months of cricket left ahead,” said Jayawardene.

“I am not getting any younger so it was the right decision to be made. This will be the opportunity to build a new team with younger talent.”

Jayawardene ends his Test career with 11,814 runs in 149 Test matches. He missed a couple of records and one of them was the opportunity to end with a career average of 50. Jayawardene needed 94 runs at the start of the Test but he managed only 58.

“I’m not a big fan of numbers but it was disappointing to miss out on the mark,” said Jayawardene. He also ends his Test career with 205 catches, just five behind Rahul Dravid who heads the list.

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