FORMER Sri Lanka captain and champion batsman Kumar Sangakkara will retire from first-class cricket at the end of the English county season.
Sangakkara is into his third campaign with Surrey and showed he is still a top-class performer by registering hundreds in either innings against Middlesex in the County Championship Division One clash at Lord’s.
Following the end of the drawn contest, Sangakkara told BBC Sport: “You try to fight the inevitable but you need to get out while you’re ahead.
“It’s the last time I’ll play a four-day game here at Lord’s. I’ll be 40 in a few months, this is about the end of my time in county cricket.
“My career might have a few more months (left) but that’s about it.”
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Sangakkarra played for the Hobart Hurricanes in last year’s Big Bash League.Source:News Corp Australia
The 39-year-old quit international cricket two years ago, having amassed 12,400 runs in Tests to sit fifth in the all-time list, and appears set to bring the curtain down on a near 20-year first-class career later this year.
Sangakkara surpassed 1000 championship runs last summer and his twin hundreds against Middlesex in recent days have taken him to the top of this season’s batting charts.
Four centuries in four matches have taken him to 592 runs, 10 clear of Yorkshire captain Gary Ballance.
Sangakkara has contracts in T20 competitions which will take him into 2018.
Originally published asTest great Sangakkara calls stumps on career
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