In 12 years Jayawardene has played just four Test matches in Australia

As an example of the lack of Test cricket offered to Sri Lanka, Mahela Jayawardene pointed out that he has only played four Test matches in Australia.

Likewise, skipper Sangakkara’s career has spanned over a decade, but the four test matches he too has played on Australian soil highlights the lack of fair play when it comes to assigning Test matches equally to all nations.

Incidentally, since making his debut in 1992, Muttiah Muralitharan, the world’s highest Test wicket taker, has played just five test matches on Australian soil.

Since gaining Test status in 1982, Sri Lanka have played a total of 10 Test matches in Australia, 10 in England, 13 in New Zealand, seven in South Africa, and just six Test matches on West Indian soil.

Speaking to Reuters from Florida, Jayawardene said,

"I think we need to think a bit more about test cricket, you need to make sure all the teams are going to play eight to ten matches a year minimum and then you can strike that balance.

"I’m up for it but the only question I will raise is if all the teams will get equal opportunity," he said.

"I have only played four test matches in my entire career in Australia; that’s in 12 years of playing."

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