P Sara Oval loses Pakistan Test

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Sri Lanka Cricket have moved next month's second and final Test against Pakistan from the P Sara Oval to the Sinhalese Sports Club Ground in Colombo.

Sri Lanka Cricket have moved next month's second and final Test against Pakistan from the P Sara Oval to the Sinhalese Sports Club Ground in Colombo.

The switch will afford the veteran Mahela Jayawardene, who will retire from the longest form of the international game after the two-match series, a fitting swansong to a prolific career.

The stalwart right-hander has amassed 2,698 runs at an impressive average of 77.08 at the venue, including a record-breaking 374 during a huge 624-run partnership alongside the left-handed Kumar Sangakkara against South Africa in 2006.

Test match cricket has not been played at the P Sara Oval since November 2012, when fine centuries from New Zealanders Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor ensured a comfortable 167-run victory.

The Galle International Stadium, which will also host the series opener against Pakistan, and the SSC are the grounds for the Sri Lankans' ongoing series with the Proteas.

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