Dilshan ends Test career

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Veteran Sri Lanka batsman Tillakaratne Dilshan has announced his retirement from Test match cricket with immediate effect.

Veteran Sri Lanka batsman Tillakaratne Dilshan has announced his retirement from Test match cricket with immediate effect.

Dilshan had hoped to end his Test career after the series against Zimbabwe, but the tour was postponed due to the host country's financial constraints. He will, however, continue to be available for ODI and T20I cricket.

"It's a good time to go. I have done well in my last series with an average of 60. I started my Test career in Zimbabwe in 1999 and planned to retire in Zimbabwe. Unfortunately we don't have any Test matches in Sri Lanka until 2015 and that's why I decided to retire without saying goodbye from the ground," said Dilshan.

"I have taken this decision to allow Sri Lanka Cricket to groom another youngster in my place. I will discuss my future with the national selectors and if they need me I will play till the 2015 World Cup."

The right-handed Dilshan scored 5,492 runs in 87 matches at the impressive average of 40.98 between November 1999 and March 2013, including 16 centuries and 23 half-tons – and a highest score of 193 against England at Lord's.

The uncapped Ramith Rambukwella, meanwhile, has been named in the 24-man preliminary squad November's limited-overs tour of New Zealand – after impressing for the A side in Dambualla and Pallekele recently.

Opener Upul Tharanga and middle-order batsman Jehan Mubarak, however, have been excluded. Seam bowler Isuru Udana, who has not played international cricket since July 2012, is also in the squad.

The Black Caps and Sri Lankans will meet for three ODIs and two T20Is. The first of the five fixtures will get underway at the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium in Hambantota on 10 November.

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