Prasanna Jayawardene is arguably the best ‘pure’ wicket-keeper in international cricket and a player picked primarily for the quality of his glovework rather than his ability to bat.
His presence at number seven in the order and as a steady hand behind the stumps keeping to the likes of Ajantha Mendis and Rangana Herath has allowed the likes of Kumar Sangakkara to play as a specialist batsman. Jayawardene is by no means a tail-ender, as Test centuries against Bangladesh, England, India and most recently against Pakistan, would testify and his average is hovering around the 30 mark.
At first-class level, he has scored over 10,000 runs and effected well over 600 dismissals and although he has a handy record at one-day level, he only played a handful of ODIs, with Sangakkara, Tillakaratne Dilshan, amongst others, being preferred. He is a technically correct batsman whose patience and ability to build an innings makes him ideally suited for the Test arena.
And despite Sri Lanka not being short of options behind the stumps, he continues to remain a key part of the side, recently playing against New Zealand ahead of the World Cup.