Jayawardene coy on Test future

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Veteran Sri Lanka batsman Mahela Jayawardene says he will take his remaining Test career one series at a time, and will keep playing for as long as he's making a contribution to the team.

Veteran Sri Lanka batsman Mahela Jayawardene says he will take his remaining Test career one series at a time, and will keep playing for as long as he's making a contribution to the team.

At the age of 37, and already having retired from T20 cricket, Jayawardene doesn't want to look too far past the current tour to England, where they will play two Tests this month.

Jayawardene, who has 143 Test caps and averages 50.30, said of his Test future: "I am taking it one tour at a time and assessing myself.

"Personally, I don't think I need to prove anything to anyone so it's about me challenging myself and seeing whether I can keep improving and most importantly, contribute to the team.

"Once you get to this stage in your career it's important that you leave at the right time, in the sense not too early and not too late. When it would be the right time, I don't know but I will make sure I keep an eye on things and see how my body feels and how I enjoy playing cricket.

"The series against Pakistan (in the UAE) I had a good outing away from home and batted really well and we managed to win a Test match. If I can make that kind of impact and contribute I may continue a bit longer."

He added of his fifth tour to the UK: "It will probably be the last time I am touring England but it will be like any other tour I've been on, wanting to prove myself. I haven't put any pressure on myself. I haven't really thought it like that (going off on a high note) because that would probably put more pressure on me."

He continued: "We have won ODI series in England so winning a Test series will be great. It's a two-match series so I don't know how much we can achieve from that. We have won Test matches in England but not won a series.

"So rather than talk about the series, we will try and see whether we can win a Test match here again, which will be great. To do that, we need to play better cricket from the start, especially the batting side of it.

"It's early part of the summer and we would like everyone to get used to the conditions."

He went on to say that in terms of the shorter formats, where he has already retired from T20s, he'd also take it as it comes, but would imagine the 2015 World Cup to be he final big tournament.

He said: "T20s, I knew that there was no point in me and Kumar (Sangakkara) continuing. We can't play another World T20, we are too old for that. So we made the call at the right time. If we can make those calls at the appropriate time, that will be great but I honestly don't know when that's going to be.

"Realistically the 2015 World Cup will be my last in 50-over cricket. I've spoken to the selectors about it. I've been blessed to play so many years for the country and in so many World Cups.

"If I am fit and performing well I'll be in the 2015 World Cup squad. There are no certainties that I will be there, it will depend on my performances."

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