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Herath to retire from international cricket after first England Test

SAMAA | - Posted: Oct 24, 2018 | Last Updated: 1 year ago
SAMAA |
Posted: Oct 24, 2018 | Last Updated: 1 year ago
Herath to retire from international cricket after first England Test

Herath is the second bowler from Sri Lanka to cross 400 wickets in Test cricket

Sri Lankan left-arm spinner Rangana Herath will bid farewell to international cricket after the first Test against England.

The first between England and Sri Lanka will be played from November 6 in Galle. Sri Lanka Cricket has thanked Herath for his services.

“We respect and support Rangana’s decision. Even though his retirement will be a big loss for Sri Lanka Cricket. We wish to thank him for the invaluable contribution he has made to Sri Lanka Cricket,” SLC CEO Ashley de Silva said.

Related: Herath spins Sri Lanka to series sweep despite de Bruyn century

Herath is currently placed at No 7 and has 430 Test wickets to his name at an average of 27.95 and a strike rate of 59.7.

He struggled with knee injuries in the last lap of his career and has been unable to compete in a full three-match Test series since January 2017. The 40-year-old is the second bowler from Sri Lanka to cross 400 wickets in Test and is at No 10 on the list of all-time leading wicket-takers in the longest format of the game.

He hung up his boots from limited-overs cricket to focus on the Test format after ICC World T20 2016. Herath became a stalwart in many series victory for the island-nation.

Related: Herath breaks into 400-wicket club

He made a comeback to Test cricket with 10 wickets against Pakistan as a 31-year-old in 2009.

His figure of 9/128 against the South Africans in Durban in 2011 helped his side clinch their first Test victory in the country. He took 60 scalps in 2012 to become the wicket-taker for the year.

His best performance came against Pakistan in 2014 as he finished with figures of 9/127 in the first innings. It is the best performance by a left-arm bowler in Test cricket, pacer or spinner. He then went on to complete a five-wicket haul in the second innings, taking his match tally to a career-best 14/184.

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