Sri Lankan fast bowler Lasith Malinga has decided to call it a day from Test cricket as he is suffering from a 'long-standing degenerative condition in the right knee' according to reports. Malinga has however confirmed that he will continue to play in ODIs and Twenty20s.
"Although I am sufficiently fit to play ODI and T20 cricket, I have a long standing degenerative condition in my right knee that needs to be carefully managed. The condition relates directly to the chronic knee injury I sustained while playing for Sri Lanka in Australia in February 2008, an injury that prevented me from playing ODI for 16 months," Malinga said in his statement.
"I did try to return to Test cricket after a three-year absence last year against India following requests from the team management and selectors, but it left me unfit nursing severe knee pain for two months," the statement further said.
Malinga in his statement also reveals that he will be available for ODIs and plans to return home to discuss further with the selectors.
Malinga pulled out from the forthcoming Test series against England stating he was suffering with a knee injury.