Jaywardene wants to go on a winning note

Updated: 28 February 2009 10:22 IST

Mahela Jayawardene is keen to end his tenure as captain on a winning note as Sri Lanka take on Pakistan in the second and final Test here from on Sunday.

Jaywardene wants to go on a winning note

Lahore:

Mahela Jayawardene is keen to end his tenure as captain on a winning note as Sri Lanka take on Pakistan in the second and final Test here from on Sunday.

The diminutive batsman, who decided to step down as captain before the series, said he had no regrets about his decision and was now looking forward to his second innings with the team.

"I am honoured to have led this team and I have had several great moments. There have been highs and lows in my career but it would be great to end on a winning note in this Test," Jayawardene said.

The Sri Lankan skipper said losing the home one-day series to India last year and before that to England had been the biggest disappointments of his career.

"Those were big tournaments for us and we lost. But I would say leading the team in the last World Cup final was a big moment and a great honour even though we lost the match." Jayawardene, 31, said his decision to quot captaincy was final and he does not want to captain the side again.

"No I don't want that to happen. I believe we have several players who can lead the side and I just want to be there doing my best as a better cricketer. I would not like a situation where I am asked to lead again," he said.

The right hander, who will play his 102nd Test in Lahore, said his team was looking forward to end the Pakistan tour on a high note.

"We won the one-day series and it is always good to win an away Test. We are going to give it our best shot and hope we can end the tour with a win."

Jayawardene, who led the team in 27 Tests and won 15 of them, said he was confident ahead of the Test as the pitch for the match seemed lively.

The high scoring first Test saw Jayawardene and Thilan Samaraweera scoring double hundreds and Pakistan captain Younis Khan notching up his maiden triple hundred on a life-less track.

"I thought our bowlers bowled very well in Karachi. Despite the flat track they kept the batsmen in check. So we fancy our chances," Jayawardene said.



Topics : Cricket New Zealand Sri Lanka
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