COLOMBO (AFP) Sri Lankas world record bowler Muttiah Muralitharan will retire from Test cricket after his countrys first Test against India later this month, the governing body of the sport said Tuesday. Muttiah Muralitharan has decided to retire from Test cricket after the first Test in Galle versus India commencing July 18, Sri Lanka Cricket said on its website. Muralitharan, 38, who is affectionately known as Murali, is the most successful bowler in history with a record 792 Test wickets and 515 one-day international wickets. Sri Lanka Cricket said he had the blessing of President Mahinda Rajapakse to retire early, although he had previously said he wanted to remain until the 2011 World Cup. Muralis manager, Kushil Gunasekara, said the star spinner had decided to take early retirement from Test cricket as he could no longer keep up with the demands of the longer form of the game. He decided to fast-track his decision because he realised that his body could not take the vigorous kind of physical demands of a five-day match, Gunasekara told AFP. The best time to go is when you know that you cant do it the way you did before. He said Murali had originally wanted to play Test cricket at least till the West Indies tour of Sri Lanka later this year. Everything in life has an expiry date, Gunasekara said, adding that the worlds greatest Test wicket-taker may be available for the 2011 World Cup. I think, probably, he will be available for the 2011 World Cup, he said adding, however, that there was no finality on that. Muralitharan was a member of Sri Lankas World Cup winning team in 1996. He has played 132 Tests, 337 ODIs and 11 Twenty20 matches. Muralitharan factfile Factfile of world bowling record holder Muttiah Muralitharan of Sri Lanka, who is retiring from Test cricket later this month: Full name: Muttiah Muralitharan Born : April 17, 1972 in Kandy Age : 38 years Major teams: Sri Lanka, Chennai Super Kings, Kent, Lancashire, Tamil Union Cricket Club Bowling style: Right-arm offbreak Test record: 132 matches, 792 wickets, 22.71 average. One-day record: 337 matches, 515 wickets, 23.07 average. Twenty20 internationals: 11 matches, 13 wickets, 20.46 average (Muralitharan is the leading wicket-taker in both Test and one-day cricket.) Test debut: v Australia, Colombo, August 1992.