Jayawardene may retire after World Cup

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Colombo, Feb 20 (PTI) The ongoing World Cup in thesub-continent could be Sri Lanka vice-captain MahelaJayawardene''s swansong in international cricket.

Jayawardene said that his fitness levels will decide hisfuture international career.

"I definitely don''t want to drag myself throughinternational cricket. I want to play as long as I am enjoyingand contributing to the team and have the hunger," he said.

"This will be my fourth, and quite possibly, last WorldCup, depending on form, fitness and the plans of the selectorsin 2015," Jayawardene added yesterday.

The 33-year-old stylish right hander led Sri Lanka to thefinal of the 2007 World Cup in the West Indies, where theywere blown away by a rampaging Australia, thus shatteringtheir hopes of emulating the 1996 title-winning team.

"In 2007, we played really well and came agnoisinglyclose to repeating the heroics of our 1996 team. We''ve lostsome superstars, but gained a really talented group ofcricketers," he said, referring to Sanath Jayasuriya, ChamindaVaas, who have been left out of the current team.

Jayawardene has a combined Test and one-day aggregates inexcess of 18,000.

Sri Lanka along with Pakistan, Kenya, Australia, Zimbabweand New Zealand make up Group A.

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