Sri Lanka’s aggressive opening batsman Danushka Gunathilaka has decided to retire from Test cricket at the age of 30 to focus on the white-ball format, the country’s top cricket body said on Saturday.
Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) said batsmen “will now focus on the shorter format”.
The development comes on the heels of another 30-year-old batsman, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, announcing his decision to retire from international cricket entirely, with immediate effect on board relief for Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis and Niroshan Dickwella.
Gunathilaka said he made the decision after assessing all aspects and he has not played a Test since 2018, with his eight appearances giving him 299 runs, two and a half centuries and a career-high 61 points.
He has had better results in limited cricket.
In 44 ODIs, he scored 1,520 points with a 36.19 average, while in T20I he scored 568 points with a 121.62 strike rate in 30 games.
The trio of Gunathilaka, Mendis and Dickwella were banned from international cricket for a year for a biosecurity breach during a visit to England in Sri Lanka last year.
The ban also includes a six-month suspension of domestic cricket and a fine of about $50,000.
Gunathilaka often has problems with SLC’s disciplinary issues. Since making his international debut in late 2015, Gunasiraka has served three separate suspensions, the most recent being a violation of the Biofoam protocol.