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Vaas aiming for another year

Paceman hopes to play in "three or four more Test matches"

Vaas: Fighting hard

Chaminda Vaas has said that he plans to end his international career for Sri Lanka in about a year's time.

The left-arm pace bowler was speaking after day three of the first Test against the West Indies in Guyana, where his figures of 3-45 from 22 overs helped restrict the hosts' first innings to 269 for nine.

The West Indies were replying to Sri Lanka's first innings total of 476 for eight declared.

"I feel no pressure right now at all, and I am enjoying the way I have been bowling, and the way things have been going for the Sri Lanka team," Vaas said.

"I am coming to the end of my playing career. I am taking game by game by game. I am enjoying what I am doing right now for Sri Lanka cricket.

"I am thinking I will play for another year - about three or four more Test matches before I call it quits."

New look

With batting stalwarts Sanath Jayasuriya and Marvan Atapattu also recently retiring from Tests, Sri Lanka are in the West Indies with a new-look team.

And Vaas believes there are also strong replacements waiting in the wings to take up the mantle when he departs.

He did, however, bemoan the loss of Lasith Malinga, Dilhara Fernando, and Farveez Maharoof to injury ahead of Sri Lanka's current trip.

"We are missing them, but I think the players we have in this side have a good chance to prove themselves," he continued.

"I think we have good fast bowling stocks in Sri Lanka. Apart from Malinga, Fernando, and Maharoof, we also have Ishara Amarasinghe, who has not played a Test, but he is on this trip, and there are others, so I think it is a good time for Sri Lanka cricket concerning fast bowlers.

"I think Sri Lanka cricket is going in the right way, and I believe that when I leave, it will be the right time."

First win?

However, all that matters to Vaas right now is helping Sri Lanka secure their first-ever Test match win in the Caribbean.

"I think we bowled pretty well to restrict them [on the third day]," he added. "They scored only 240 runs. We bowled well, but we could not get the last wicket, and they still need eight runs to avoid the follow-on, but we have to dismiss them early.

"I think we have to bowl them out as early as possible on the fourth day. We have not won a match in the Caribbean, but we are looking forward to winning this Test.

"I think the boys are fighting really hard to win this time in the Caribbean."