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Sri Lanka have announced that their veteran spinner will retire from cricket after the first Test of the series against England
Sri Lanka have announced that legendary left-arm spinner Rangana Herath is to retire after the first Test of the series against England, at Galle.
Herath has taken 99 wickets at Galle, the venue where he made his Test debut against Australia in September 1999. One more against England will make him - alongside Muttiah Muralitharan - only the second to take 100 wickets at the venue.
Herath's departure will leave a sizeable hole in Sri Lanka's squad. Across 92 Tests, he has claimed 430 wickets making him the most-successful left-arm bowler in Test history.
Herath is 10th on the overall list of leading wicket-takers, with Sir Richard Hadlee (431), Stuart Broad (433) and Kapil Dev (434) narrowly ahead of him.
At 40-years-old, Herath is the last Test cricketer - currently playing - to make his debut in 1990s.
In a statement from Sri Lanka cricket, CEO Ashley De Silva said. "We respect and support Rangana’s decision. Even though his retirement will be a big loss for Sri Lanka Cricket. We wish to thank him for the invaluable contribution he has made to Sri Lanka Cricket."
The first Test begins on November 6, with two more to follow at Kandy and Colombo respectively.