Mahela Jayawardene to quit as Sri Lanka captain after Australia tour
Last Updated: December 13, 2012 9:14am
Mahela Jayawardene: Will stand down as Test and one-day captain
Mahela Jayawardene will step down as Sri Lanka's Test and one-day captain after the current tour of Australia.
Jayawardene, who led Sri Lanka to the 50-overs World Cup final in 2007, agreed to take over as skipper for a second spell in place of opener Tillakaratne Dilshan earlier this year.
But he now feels it is time for change and has tipped 25-year-old vice-captain Angelo Mathews to lead the side into a new era.
"I don't want to continue to captain after this tour so this will be my last. I hope I don't get any more SOS calls!" Jayawardene said.
"It's been brilliant, I've enjoyed the last year and what I've achieved but we need to move on to a younger leader. It's best that we get a new player in while the senior guys are still around so we can help him out in building a team.
"Angelo is the one everyone has earmarked, and I think he is good enough.
"Maybe the first few years will be tough for him but he'll grow into the job. If Angelo gets the opportunity, I think it will be easier for him if he has (the senior players) around him and we can build him through those tough periods."