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Atapattu to ring five minute bell Published: 14 June 2014

Marvan Atapattu played 90 Test matches for Sri Lanka
Marvan Atapattu played 90 Test matches for Sri Lanka

Former Sri Lanka captain Marvan Atapattu will ring the five minute bell on day three of the England v Sri Lanka Investec Test match.
 
Atapattu, who is coaching Sri Lanka on their tour of England, will signal five minutes before the start of play on the third day from the Bowlers' Bar in the Lord’s Pavilion.
 
He follows former international team mate Sanath Jayasuriya, who was awarded the honour on day two of the Test.

He has scored centuries against all Test-playing nations

The right handed batsman made his debut against India at Chandigarh in 1990.
 
A stylish opening batsman, Atapattu enjoyed personal success at Lord's during a career that spanned 90 Tests. In 2002, Atapattu struck 185 to put his name on the Lord's Honours Board, as Sri Lanka drew the opening Test of a three match series with England .

He also hit an unbeaten 132 in a ODI in 1998, as Sri Lanka secured a five-wicket victory at the Home of Cricket.
 
The 43 year-old scored centuries against all Test-playing nations, including a high score of 249 against Zimbabwe, in which he shared a 438-run partnership with Kumar Sangakkara for the second wicket.
 
Atapattu scored six double-hundreds in his career, a feat bettered only by Don Bradman, Wally Hammond and Brian Lara.
 
After retirement Atapattu has turned his attention to coaching, having stints as batting coaches of Canada, Singapore and Sri Lanka, before being appointed as interim head coach of the Sri Lankan team.


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