Jayawardene to step down after Oz tour

Mahela Jayawardene said today he will give up the captaincy after Sri Lanka's current Test and one-day tour of Australia.

The 35-year-old said it was time for a younger leader and nominated Angelo Mathews, his vice-captain, as ideal to assume the role. Jayawardene's second stint as captain began in January, when he was called in to replace Tillakaratne Dilshan and he committed to a 12-month tenure, which expires at the end of the current tour. "I took over the captaincy for 12 months and that ends after this series," said Jayawardene, who is lining up for his 136th Test against Australia in Hobart on Friday. "I don't want to continue captaining Sri Lanka after this tour so this will be my last. I hope I don't get any SOS calls later on.

"We need to move on to a younger leader and it's much easier for Sri Lankan cricket if we get a new guy in while the senior players are still around so we can help him out."

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