Mahela Jayawardene: Regret ending Test career without win in Australia
Jayawardene reflects back on the highs and lows of his career and reveals reason for retirement.
Mahela Jayawardene will be playing his last Test against Pakistan in August © AFP
Jul 29, 2014
After announcing his Test retirement, Mahela Jayawardene reflected back on some of the highs and lows of his career and revealed the reasons to retire. Jayawardene, 37 will play his last Test against Pakistan on his home ground, Sinhalese Sports Club. Jayawardene was satisfied about some of the achievements in his 17-year long career. However, he regrets not winning a Test in Australia.
Asked about the best moments of his career, Jayawardene said, “We have achieved quite a few in the last few years with some quality players. We had some 11 consecutive wins when Sanath [Jayasuriya] was captaining. Then we had a very good period from 2005 to 2008. It was a very critical period of transition. We wanted to change the cricketing culture which I was a part of. Then we managed to beat West Indies in West Indies, South Africa in South Africa and England in England on a few occasion. There was nothing personal but it was about the team.”
“On a personal note I would say the 100 at Lords. That innings really taught me how much strength I have mentally to control certain things in tough situations. Also the 374 against South Africa where I proved that I had the ability to bat for a long innings. These were probably my highlights,” Jayawardene was quoted as saying in the interview given to Daily Mirror in Sri Lanka.
When asked about the lowest point of his career, he said, “Obviously failing to nail a win in Australia. Every time we go there we come close, but we missed out. This is one of the regrets I have in my Test career.”
Jayawardene announced his Test retirement on July 14 this year. The veteran felt that the youngsters in the team had settled in well and it was about time the team moved ahead under a young captain Angelo Mathews. “I felt that given where I am in my career, what I have done and standard I have set, it’s all about future. I felt that it’s time that the younger generation gets going. Angelo is very much settled now and there are some very good youngsters coming in. So I think my responsibilities are done now,” he said.