Cricket Current Affairs - 2019

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Sri Lanka’s veteran spinner Rangana Herath announces retirement from T20, ODI

Veteran Sri Lankan left-arm spinner Rangana Herath (38) has announced his retirement from T20 and One Day International Cricket (ODI).

However he will continue to play in Test matches which always have been his personal passion.

He took the decision of retiring from T20 and ODIs in order to make room for fresh talent to be groomed for the 2019 World Cup.

About Rangana Herath

  • Full name: Herath Mudiyanselage Rangana Keerthi Bandara Herath
  • Born: 19 March 1978 in Kurunegala, Sri Lanka.
  • ODI Career: He had played overall 71 ODI matches. His debut was in 2004 at Harare against Zimbabwe. He had taken total 74 wickets at an average of 31.91. His best performance 4 for 20 against India in 2013.
  • T20 Career: He had played overall 17 T20 matches. His debut was in August 2011 at Pallekele against Australia. He had taken 18 wickets at an average of 17.52. His best performance was 5 for 3 inT20s against New Zealand at the WT20 in 2014.

England Cricketer James Taylor announces retirement from International Cricket

England batsman James Taylor has announced his retirement from all forms of International cricket at the age of 26 due to ill health.

He has been diagnosed with Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy (ARVC) which needs an operation to his Heart.

James Taylor’s Cricket Career

  • Test Career: Taylor had played 7 Test matches for England. His debut test match was against South Africa in 2012 at Headingley. His average was 26 and top test score was 76 against Pakistan in November 2015.
  • ODI Career: He had played 27 ODIs. His ODI debut was in 2011 against Ireland. He had scored 7 fifties and one century (101) against Australia in September 2015. His ODI average is of 42.23.

At the time of his retirement, Taylor had the fourth-highest limited-overs average (53.11) in international and domestic cricket history. He followed Michael Bevan (57.86), Cheteshwar Pujara (54.12) and AB de Villiers (53.53).