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Vaas says goodbye to Test cricket

Published: Monday, July 20, 2009, 11:05 [IST]
 
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Vaas says goodbye to Test

Colombo: Sri Lankan bowler Chaminda Vaas on Sunday announced that he will retire from Test cricket after the third test against Pakistan in Colombo.

"I am officially retiring from Test cricket after the third Test against Pakistan but will continue playing one-day and Twenty20 matches till the 2011 World Cup," Vaas told reporters at the Sinhalese sports club in Colombo.

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Earlier this month, chief selector Asantha de Mel had revealed that Vaas had a discussion with him after the pacer had made up his mind to quit the longer version.

Vaas, however, went on to deny it and after being ignored for the first two Tests against Pakistan, the 35-year-old pacer was recalled in the Sri Lanka squad for the third and final match starting from Monday.

Vaas played in 110 Tests, taking 354 wickets, second only to Muttiah Muralitharan in teh Sri lanka record books. Despite starting as a bowler, he developed in to an accomplished allrounder, scoring over 3,000 Test runs as well.

"Vaasy is a true champion and probably the only Sri Lankan fast bowler who can be called a true legend of the game," he said.

"Whoever replaces Vaasy in the bowling attack they will take years and years to reach the standards he has set and maybe they never will," Sangakkara said.

"He has got a great part to play in our one-day set-up until the World Cup in 2011 and maybe beyond it as long as he is fit," Sri Lanka captain Sangakkara said.

After making his Test debut against Pakistan at Kandy in 1994, the Mattumagala-born pacer has played 110 Tests, claiming 354 wickets at 29.40 with 12 five-wicket hauls in it.

In the 322 ODIs he has played, Vaas has taken 400 wickets at 27.53, besides scoring 2025 runs.

He has also played six Twenty20 Internationals. Country's most successful bowler after Muttiah Muralitharan, Vaas has a natural ability to swing and seam the ball and his grasp of reverse-swing also made him a lethal bowler.

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