Sri Lanka veterans seek first win in Australia

DAVID BENIUK
Last updated 17:22 11/12/2012
Kumar Sangakarra
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CHASING HISTORY: Kumar Sangakarra wants a first test win for Sri Lanka on Australian soil.

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Sri Lankan superstar Kumar Sangakkara says the possibility he could be on his last trip to Australia is a massive motivator for tasting a test match victory.

The 35-year-old international cricketer of the year joins fellow old guard members Mahela Jayawardene (35), Tillakaratne Dilshan (36) and Thilan Samaraweera (36) on the Lankans' so far elusive quest to win a five-day game in Australia in 11 attempts.

They will get the first of three chances this summer at Bellerive from Friday.

"When you do get older, you do look for achievements where you haven't really tasted victory so, here and in India, (there are) test matches still to win," he said.

"That's a great motivator for guys like Dilshan, Mahela, myself and Samaraweera.

"We're the older brigade. But whether we get it or not, the key is to really contribute to the side."

Sangakkara, who averaged 60 in Tests in the period leading up to his ICC award, wouldn't be drawn on whether this would be his last trip down under.

"I'm not sure when the next tour is," he said. "I wouldn't be able to give you a direct answer.

"But I'm 35 now - hopefully a few more years left in me.

"It just depends on me and how I perform. Everyone's got an expiry date. It's no use worrying about when that comes or when that is.

"It's about really enjoying your cricket."

In the last test played between the two nations in Australia in 2007, the hosts won by 96 runs at Bellerive.

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