Nuwan Kulasekara Retires From Tests, to Focus on ODIs, T20s For Sri Lanka

Updated: 01 June 2016 12:07 IST

Nuwan Kulasekara made his Test debut for Sri Lanka against New Zealand in Napier in 2005, and has taken 48 wickets in 21 matches in the longest format of the game

Nuwan Kulasekara Retires From Tests, to Focus on ODIs, T20s For Sri Lanka
Nuwan Kulasekara has played 21 Test matches for Sri Lanka, however has not featured in the longest format since playing against England at Lord's two years ago. © AFP

Colombo:

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.

"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.

Topics : Sri Lanka Nuwan Kulasekara Cricket
Highlights
  • Nuwan Kulasekara retires from Test cricket
  • He will continue to play ODIs and T20s for Sri Lanka
  • Kulasekara has played 21 Tests, taking 48 wickets
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