Herath: Big achievement if I can get 300 Test wickets


Now that he has retired from limited-overs cricket, Sri Lanka spinner Rangana Herath has set his sights on achieving 300 Test wickets and playing in all of his team's games this year before reassessing his future.

The 38-year-old left-arm tweaker quit colour-clothing earlier this month after playing 71 ODIs and 17 T20Is, taking 74 and 18 wickets respectively while he is on 297 Test scalps.

Sri Lanka's next assignment in Tests, and where Herath is hoping to claim his 300th wicket, will be a three-match series in England in May-June.

Spin legend Muttiah Muralitharan (800) and seamer Chaminda Vaas (355) are the only bowlers to have taken 300 or more wickets in Tests for Sri Lanka.

Herath said: "I have not set any goals for myself. Whenever I have played for my country, I have always wanted to see how best I could contribute to win.

"That has been my approach all the time. It would be a big achievement if I can get to 300 Test wickets, but after that, I don't see any goals that I can pursue.

"There are about ten Tests lined up for this year and I've decided that I can manage myself and my knees playing in that format rather than the hustle and bustle of one-day cricket."