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Last Updated: Sunday, 9 November, 2003, 14:31 GMT
Sri Lanka profiles
SANATH JAYASURIYA
Left-hand batsman; slow left-arm bowler

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Sanath Jayasuriya
DOB: 30.6.69
Test debut: v New Zealand, Hamilton, 1991
ODI debut:v Australia, Melbourne, December, 1989

An entire era in Sri Lanka's cricket era ended when Dav Whatmore left as coach in the wake of the World Cup, and Jayasuriya stepped down as captain.

He will continue to fill a valuable role in both the Test and one-day sides, however, and has had notable success against England both with bat and ball.

In the 2001 series, he was the leading wicket-taker in the three Test series, though it is more as an uncompromising and often explosive hitter that he is best known.

Short of stature and powerfully built, he cuts and pulls with awesome power, his brutal bat-wielding at odds with his shy, gentle nature.

Expect Michael Vaughan to use two or three gullies in an off-side trap, because he can hardly resist hitting in the air through point.



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