Sri Lanka batter Danushka Gunathilaka retires from Test cricket day after ban over bio-bubble breach lifted

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Sri Lanka batter Danushka Gunathilaka retires from Test cricket day after ban over bio-bubble breach liftedDanushka Gunathilaka retired from Test cricket to focus on white-ball formats (AFP Photo)HIGHLIGHTS30-year-old Gunathilaka retired from Test cricket on SaturdayThe decision comes a day after his one-year ban was lifted by the SLCThe Sri Lanka batter intends to continue playing white-ball cricket

Sri Lanka's flamboyant opening batter Danushka Gunathilaka announced his retirement from Test cricket a day after his one-year ban in relation to a bio-security breach in England ended. Gunathilaka, 30, decided to retire from Tests to focus on the white-ball formats of the game, the Sri Lanka Cricket board said on Saturday.

Gunathilaka said he took the decision to retire from Test cricket after evaluating all aspects. He played 8 Tests after making his debut in 2017, scoring 299 runs, including two fifties. In 44 ODIs, he has scored 1520 runs at an average of 36.19, while in T20Is, he has 568 runs in 30 matches at a strike rate of 121.62.

Gunathilaka's retirement comes days after another 30-year-old in Bhanuka Rajapaksa retired from international cricket.

Gunathilaka hasn't played Tests since December 2018 but had been a regular member of the limited-overs side before he was suspended along with Niroshan Dickwella and Kusal Mendis last year over a bio-bubble breach in Bristol during the team's tour of England in July.

Notably, the SLC suspended the remaining 7 months of the three players' ban for the next two years but said their conduct will be closely monitored by the board. Gunathilaka along with Dickwella and Mendis are eligible for national selection.

Gunathilaka frequently ran into problems with the SLC over disciplinary issues. Since his international debut towards the end of 2015, Gunathilaka has served three separate suspensions, the latest being the one for breaching bio-bubble protocols.

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