Tillakaratne Dilshan quits Test cricket with immediate effect

Dilshan led Sri Lanka in 11 tests, with one win, five draws and five losses. The highlight of his captaincy was leading his team to its first win against South Africa in South Africa.

updated: October 10, 2013 15:23 IST
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Colombo: Ex-Sri Lanka captain Tillakaratne Dilshan announced his retirement from test cricket with immediate effect on Thursday, saying he wants to clear the way for younger players.

Dilshan, who will turn 37 next week, told reporters that he had planned to retire after a series against Zimbabwe this month but the cancellation of that tour means he will depart without a farewell match.

"It's a good time to go. I have done well in my last series with an average of 60," Dilshan said of his last series against Bangladesh. Dilshan said he is leaving happy, having accomplished his personal target of 5,000 test runs and captaining the team.

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