On August 14, 1948, Don Bradman walked out to bat in what would be his last Test innings, and 66 years on, the world of cricket prepares to bid farewell to a giant of the modern-day game – Mahela Jayawardene.
Mahela Jayawardene's parents Senerath and Susila were present to witness their son playing in his final Test match on the opening morning of the second Test between Sri Lanka and Pakistan at the Sinhalese Sports Club (SSC) Ground in Colombo on August 14, 2014.
When Jayawardene hangs up his boots at the end of the second Test against Pakistan after 17 long years of Test cricket, it will not only be the end of a stellar individual career, it will also be the end of a grand partnership and an era.
Kumar Sangakkara has regained the number-one Test batting spot in the ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen following his 10th double century in the Galle Test, which Sri Lanka won by seven wickets to lead Pakistan by 1-0 in the two-Test series.
ICC Chief Match Referee Ranjan Madugalle became the first member of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees to reach the 150-mark in Tests, when he took the field to officiate in the fifth and final Test between England and India on Friday at The Oval.
Binura Fernando, the 19-year-old left-arm pacer, and Dimuth Karunaratne, the opening batsman, were called up as replacements for Nuwan Pradeep and Chathuranga Kumara for Sri Lanka's second Test against Pakistan, starting at SSC in Colombo on Thursday.