Friday, December 07, 2007

Sanath Jayasuriya Test timeline

Sanath Jayasuriya made his Test debut against New Zealand in 1991 as a 21-year old middle-order batsman. He retired from Test cricket having scored close to 7000 runs, including a triple-century, two double-centuries and 14 hundreds.

February 22, 1991 - Sanath Jayasuriya makes his Test debut in the second Test against New Zealand at Hamilton. Only required to bat once, he scores 35 at the No. 6 position.

August 22, 1991 - In his fifth Test innings, Jayasuriya scores his maiden Test fifty, a 66 off only 70 ballsagainst England at Lord's, but could not stop Sri Lanka from losing the match by 137 runs.

January 25-29, 1996 - Scores his maiden Test century, in his 17th Test, against Australia at Adelaide. His 112 in the second innings followed in a 48 in the first but Australia still went on to win by 148 runs.

August 2-6, 1997 - Jayasuriya plunders 340 in the first Test against India in Colombo, the highest individual score by a Sri Lankan. His 576-run second-wicket partnership with Roshan Mahanama was the first 500-plus partnership in Test cricket.

August 9-13, 1997 - Jayasuirya follows up the triple-century with a 199 off only 226 balls in the 2nd Test at Colombo as the series is drawn.

August 27-31, 1998 - Scores 213 off 278 balls in the first innings against England at Lord's to set up Sri Lanka's first Test victory in England.

July 1999 - After a poor performance in the 1999 World Cup, Jayasuriya was made captain of the side after the selectors sacked the influential figure of Arjuna Ranatunga

July 21-23, 2002 - Scores his 10th Test century in his 74th Test against Bangladesh at Colombo.

March 22, 2003 - Jayasuriya ,resigns as captain after leading Sri Lanka to a record ten consecutive Test victories as well as a series win over India and a clean sweep over West Indies.

June 20-24, 2003 - Scores his 5000th Test run in his 79th Test against West Indies at St Lucia.

October 20-24, 2004 - Hits 253 in the second innings of the first Test against Pakistan at Faisalabad and sets up a 201-run win.

September 20, 2005 - Becomes the first Sri Lankan to play 100 Tests when as Sri Lanka took on Bangladesh in Colombo.

November 11, 2005 - After a string of poor performances, Jayasuriya is dropped from the Sri Lankan Test squad for the first time since 1995.

December 22, 2005 - Barely six weeks later, a series of protests and criticism, including involvement from the Sri Lankan president, sees the return of Jayasuriya to the Test squad

April 4, 2006 - Having announced his retirement from Test cricket, Jayasuriya faces a painful exit as he injures his right hand in his last Test at that time

June 1, 2006 - Asantha de Mel, the new chairman of selectors, forces Jayasuriya to reconsider his retirement and the batsman returns to the team against England in Nottingham

December 3, 2007 - At 38, however, Jayasuriya finally quits Test cricket and scores a rapid 78 - including six fours in one over - in his final innings against England at Kandy

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