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Jayawardene proud despite loss

UPDATED 19 March, 2013 4:02PM AEST | by Stu Warren, Omnisport 2

Mahela Jayawardene says Sri Lanka can take plenty of positives from their drawn ODI series with Australia despite losing in Hobart.

By falling to a 32-run loss on Wednesday, Sri Lanka were unable to secure a second series victory over Australia since 2010 but might argue they had the better of the drawn series, which was Jayawardene's last as captain, bringing to a close his second spell in charge.

"It's tough to get over something like this but I think we played some good cricket so we can take something positive from the entire series," he said."[I'm] disappointed we couldn't clinically finish the game off today and get the series but we've done a lot of good things so the guys can be very proud."

Jayawardene will now step down as ODI skipper, having already relinquished the role in the Test arena, but is not yet ready to walk away from the international game, insisting he is committed to helping Sri Lanka make the transition to a new era.

"I'm very thankful to the boys and the management, they've worked really hard with me in the last 12 months on certain things we've wanted to get into the team and I guess we're heading in the right direction."

Phil Hughes led Australia to 5-247 with his second century in the series and Xavier Doherty (3-21) teamed up with Moises Henriques (3-32) to apply the brakes during Sri Lanka's chase, the visitors losing their way through the middle stages according to Jayawardene.

"We probably gave maybe 20 runs extra with the ball as well," he said.

"We let Phil [Hughes] get away from us. We should have bowled a bit tighter to him in that last 10 overs.

"For us probably the middle overs, from the 15th to 35th, where I think in the 20 overs we scored 55 or 60 runs and lost three or four wickets, that was a killer for us. That's where the momentum shifted and we probably got into a deeper hole."

The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Cricket Australia

First Posted 24 January, 2013 11:02AM AEST

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