Sussex sign up Jayawardene for T20’s


English County side Sussex have signed up Sri Lanka international batsman Mahela Jayawardene for the first half of the Natwest T20 Blast competition.

The 37 year-old Jayawardene, who has already retired from Test cricket and T20 Internationals, will be playing his final ODI at the World Cup, which is currently taking place in Australia and New Zealand.

The elegant right-hander, who won the World T20 championship with Sri Lanka in Bangladesh last year, is only available from the 15 May until to 19 June as he as Caribbean Premier League commitments.

Jayawardene, who has amassed more than 10 000 runs in the Test and ODI formats, said: "I am really exciting about basing myself down at Hove and playing for Sussex during the first half of the summer.

"Sussex is a great club with a proud history and I want to help them win the NatWest T20 Blast this year."

Sussex Professional Cricket Manager Mark Robinson said: "His record and his reputation is second to none, and he will also bring into our dressing room his leadership and experience.

"I'm sure he will be a huge asset to Luke Wright as the new captain, and the whole squad and coaching staff."