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Jan 28, 2012

Sri Lanka New Captain for Mahela Jayawardene

Mahela Jayawardene, Sri Lanka's new captain, has said his 2nd term will be for a year at most and that his priority is to rebuild the team following a string of defeats in Tests and ODIs after the 2011 World Cup and the tri-series in Australia are involving the hosts and India, will be Jayawardene's 1st assignment after taking over the leadership from Tillakaratne Dilshan.

"I took up the captaincy once again, for one year. Our target is to win matches, to regain our place as one of the top four Test-playing nations," Jayawardene said in Colombo.

Jayawardene was ODI captain from 2004 till 2009 and he took over as Test captain in 2006 to he resigned in 2009, saying he wanted his successor to have sufficient time to build the team for the 2011 World Cup for the Kumar Sangakkara took over from Jayawardene but stepped down after leading Sri Lanka to the final of the World Cup to Dilshan led Sri Lanka for just nine months after the tournament, but resigned following series defeats in both Tests and ODIs in all his four assignments.

Dilshan said: "There was criticism after we lost games about my leadership, so I resigned. The coach [Marsh], I don't know, that is a decision of the selectors."

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