Mahela Jayawardene © Getty Images
Mahela Jayawardene retired from Tests earlier this year and is set to bow out of international cricket after the ICC World Cup 2015 © Getty Images

Colombo: Dec 15, 2014

Making it obvious that he will retire after the ICC World Cup 2015, former Sri Lankan skipper Mahela Jayawardene on Monday revealed on social media that the seventh and final One-Day International (ODI) against England on Tuesday will be his last at home turf.

“Going for my last practice session with the boys at home Going to have some fun,” the 37-year-old tweeted this morning. His indication of retirement after the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand came just two days after his best friend and teammate Kumar Sangakkara bade farewell to his fans in Kandy for the last time he was playing an ODI at his hometown.

 

In the post match press conference, Sangakkara said he was to retire after the World Cup. Jayawardene, who retired from Test cricket in August, is to play in the seven-match ODI series in New Zealand leading to the World Cup starting February 14. Sangakkara however has not made his plans clear for his immediate Test future.

Jayawardene has just two half-centuries in the current series, having skipped the third game on account of his daughter’s first birthday. In the last game he opened the batting, a role he has been urging the selectors to grant him during the 50-over showpiece event. Despite failing in the last ODI against England, Jayawardene has starred for Sri Lanka in the openers role. He has led Sri Lanka from the front, scoring heavily at the opener’s position in the ICC World T20 2010 held in the West Indies and at home in ODIs in the past.