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Last Updated: Sunday, 14 May 2006, 18:47 GMT 19:47 UK
Jayawardene unfazed by dismissal
Mahela Jayawardene
Jayawardene is the first Sri Lankan to his two tons at Lord's
Sri Lanka centurion Mahela Jayawardene was philosophical about his dismissal on day four, even though it could be crucial to the first Test result.

He was out caught behind with his side just 12 ahead of England but replays showed he did not touch the ball.

"I don't have to see the replays - I knew - but as a cricketer you have to take those things with your head high.

"It's just disappointing because we were in a good position to bat through the day," he told BBC Radio Five Live.

"We were pretty unfortunate with some of the decisions throughout the game but the guys showed a lot of character to come back and hopefully we can do the same again."

I had a bit of an indifferent start but hopefully I've come through and I've got a good few years ahead of me
Geraint Jones

Jayawardene, who top-scored with 61 in Sri Lanka's first innings, became the first Sri Lanka to hit two centuries at Lord's and the first to pass 1,000 Test runs against England.

He and Farveez Maharoof batted through the morning session in a century stand despite an impressive display from England's seamers.

"It's like a second home for me. I quite enjoyed batting on that wicket - I batted really well in the first innings as well," he said.

"We needed a little bit of luck, especially with the new ball but we got that and managed to have a pretty decent."

Wicket-keeper Geraint Jones hinted that he knew Jayawardene had not gloved the ball for what was given as his 100th Test dismissal.

But after passing the 1,000-run mark during the tour of India, he hopes he has now cemented his place in the England side long-term

"You get a feeling the gloves are nearby the area so when you take a catch you have to politely ask," he told Five Live.

"It's a couple of milestones I wasn't sure I'd ever get to but I'm happy to have got them both.

"I had a bit of an indifferent start [to my career] but hopefully I've come through and I've got a good few years ahead of me."

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