Sri Lanka bowler Nuwan Kulasekara retires from Test cricket, to focus on shorter formats

Sri Lankan pace bowler Nuwan Kulasekara quit test cricket on Wednesday in order to focus his attention on the sport's shorter formats, in which he is considered a greater threat with the ball.

Reuters, Jun, 01 2016

Sri Lankan pace bowler Nuwan Kulasekara quit Test cricket on Wednesday in order to focus his attention on the sport's shorter formats, in which he is considered a greater threat with the ball.

File photo of Nuwan Kulasekara. Reuters

File photo of Nuwan Kulasekara. Reuters

"I would like to retire from playing Test cricket with immediate effect," the 33-year-old said in a letter to Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC).

"After much thought, I believe it is the right time to retire and I hope it will allow me to better prepare for ODI and T20 cricket, which I would like to continue playing for Sri Lanka subject to good performance and selection."

Despite lacking express pace, Kulasekara made the most of his ability to swing the new ball to claim 48 Test wickets since his 2005 debut against New Zealand in Napier.

Kulasekara played the last of his 21 tests against England at Lord's two years ago but has been a standout performer in one-dayers, with 186 wickets from 173 matches, and was ranked the top ODI bowler in March 2009.

Published Date: Jun 01, 2016 | Updated Date: Jun 01, 2016



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