Nuwan Ku­lasekara re­tires from Test cricket

Pakistan Observer - - SPORTS -

COLOMBO— Nuwan Ku­lasekara, the 33- year old Sri Lanka seamer, has an­nounced his re­tire­ment from Test cricket.

“I would like to re­tire from play­ing Test cricket with im­me­di­ate ef­fect,” he was quoted as say­ing in a Sri Lanka Cricket press re­lease. “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”

Ku­lasekara played 21 Tests and picked up 48 wick­ets since mak­ing his de­but in April 2005. Though pace wasn’t his strong suit, he had the abil­ity to move the new ball and was known for his ac­cu­racy. Among his stand­out per­for­mances were the two four- wicket hauls he took against Pak­istan in Colombo in 2009 to fin­ish with a match- win­ning 8 for 58 in 28.4 overs.

Ku­lasekara played his last Test in June 2014 at Lord’s, where Sri Lanka clung on for a nail­bit­ing draw. He was not in the XI at Head­in­g­ley, though, where Sri Lanka beat Eng­land to seal a land­mark se­ries win.

Ku­lasekara is an as­set in lim­ited- overs cricket - he has played 173 ODIs and was ranked as the No. 1 bowler in March 2009 - due to his nag­ging lines and seam move­ment but was un­able

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