Danushka Gunathilaka announces retirement from Test cricket

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08 Jan 2022 | 07:47 AM
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Danushka Gunathilaka announces retirement from Test cricket

The Sri Lanka batter scored 299 runs from eight Tests, last donning the whites in 2018

Sri Lanka batter Danushka Gunathilaka has announced his retirement from Tests, but remains available for selection in the shorter format, according to Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC).

Recently, Bhanuka Rajapaksa decided to retire from international cricket for familial reasons. 30-year-old Gunathilaka's one-year ban along with Niroshan Dickwella and Kusal Mendis was lifted for a bio-bubble breach during Sri Lanka's tour of England last year. 

The ban also included a six-month suspension from domestic cricket and a fine of approximately USD 50,000.

Gunathilaka has played eight Tests for Sri Lanka, scoring 299 runs with a higest score of 61, but has not played in the longest format for them since 2018. He has got a better record in limited-overs cricket.

In 44 ODIs, he has scored 1520 runs at an average of 36.19, while in T20Is, he has 568 runs in 30 matches at a strike rate of 121.62.

Gunathilaka frequently ran into problems with the SLC over disciplinary issues. Since his international debut towards the end of 2015, Gunathilaka has served three separate suspensions, the latest being the one for breaching bio-bubble protocols.

(With inputs from PTI)

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