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A vulnerable starter, Atapattu can show immense strength of character once he gets his eye in. On a lifeless pitch, he is a master of the percentage game, his caution a useful counterpoint to the risks taken by Sanath Jayasuriya, his opening partner almost throughout his Test career. All his big Test innings - he has scored six double-hundreds in his career, a feat bettered only by Don Bradman (12), Wally Hammond and Brian Lara (seven each) - have been slow affairs but the most tortuous episode of his international career was its start: it took him nearly seven years to get established. However, since the 1990s his average has climbed upwards. An elegant player to watch, Atapattu's signature shot is his high-elbow cover-drive.
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