De Silva quits Test scene

COLOMBO OCT. 3. Prolific Sri Lankan batsman Aravinda de Silva has announced his retirement from Test cricket, the State-run Daily News reported on Thursday.

De Silva, 36, informed Sri Lanka's National selection committee chairman Guy de Alwis that he would not be available for the upcoming tour of South Africa as he was giving up Test cricket, Daily News reported.

However, de Silva has indicated that he would be available for selection for limited-overs internationals and wants to play in the 2003 World Cup in South Africa starting in February.

De Silva, who is in England representing a Rest of the World team for a special match, has opted out of Sri Lanka's two-Test series in South Africa later this month.

He is the leading run-scorer for his country in Tests and one-day internationals. In 93 Tests, he amassed 6,361 runs at an average of 42.97, including 20 centuries and 22 fifties.

De Silva is currently third in the all-time list of limited-overs batsmen with 8,803 runs, at an average of 35.49, from 288 matches. — AP

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