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Dimuth Karunaratne

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  • Dimuth Karunaratne will bring both class and experience to Yorkshire’s County Championship team during his short, three-game overseas spell.

    Karunaratne is Sri Lanka’s current Test captain, and the left-hander will slot into an already strong Yorkshire top order.

    A 33-year-old with 110 international caps to his name, 76 of those have come in Test cricket and the other 34 in one-day internationals.

    Those 76 Tests have yielded 5,620 runs, 14 hundreds and a high score of 244. He is currently ranked as the sixth best Test batter in the world by the ICC.

    A first-class debutant in 2008, for the Sinhalese Sports Club, the Colombo-born star made his Test debut in late 2012 at home to New Zealand having made his ODI bow the best part of 18 months earlier against England at Old Trafford.

    He scored 60 in the second innings of a Test debut win before a maiden century (152) came against the same opponents in Christchurch in December 2014.

    Karunaratne’s career best 244 came last April against Bangladesh at Pallekele, a high-scoring draw. By that time, he was captain, having been appointed in February 2019.

    He is a player with 13,500 first-class runs and 44 hundreds, two of those coming in his last three games immediately prior to arriving at Headingley. One came for Sri Lanka in India and another for Colombo, both in March.