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Sanath Jayasuriya

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Full Name: Sanath Teran Jayasuriya
Born: June 30 1969 , Matara
County: Warwickshire
Other teams: Sri Lanka, Somerset, Lancashire
Batting Style: Left Hand Bat
Bowling Style: Slow Left Arm


The opening batsman signed a short-term contract with Somerset when it became clear that Australian Ricky Ponting would not be available for the early part of summer 2005. The former Sri Lankan captain turned down overtures from the Scottish Saltires to sign a five-week deal at Taunton to cover for South African skipper Graeme Smith, who was not available until the end of May. He first came to the attention of the cricketing world when he was used as a pinch-hitter in the 1996 World Cup and continued to develop his game to such an extent that he became Sri Lanka’s highest Test run-scorer...

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