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Australia hire Sridharan Sriram as spin consultant for Bangladesh tour

Australia hire Sridharan Sriram as spin consultant for Bangladesh tour
Sridharan Sriram (right) will join the Australian team as a spin consultant during their upcoming tour of Bangladesh.
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Australian team have hired the services of former Indian all-rounder Sridharan Sriram as a consultant for their upcoming Test assignment in Bangladesh.

Australia have had a dismal record in sub-continent having lost their last six Tests and their last win coming in 2011 against Sri Lanka.

With the conditions expected to aid the spinners in Bangladesh, Sriram's experience can prove to be handy for the Australian batsmen in countering Mushfiqur Rahim's men.

Even though the 39-year-old has played just eight One-Day Internationals for India, he has been a prolific run-getter for his ranji trophy team Tamil Nadu, wherein he scored 9539 first-class runs at an average of 52.99.

Sriram has also worked as an assistant coach for the Indian Premier League teams and was also a part of the coaching staff for the Australia A team in their recent tour to India.

Describing it as a "great honour" to be part of the Australian support staff, Sriram expressed his eagerness to share his knowledge of playing in sub-continental conditions to the Australian players.

"I've played international cricket for India and I'm looking forward to sharing my experience and knowledge of subcontinental conditions with the squad,” said Sriram.

“The Australian cricket team talks about 'one-percenters' and my role will be to contribute that one percent to help the team adapt to the conditions and opponents quickly.

"In the long run, I see myself as someone who can help the Australian batsmen become better players of spin bowling and also help spinners understand the psyche and technique of different batsmen and adapt to different conditions," he added.

Australian tour of Bangladesh comprises of two Test matches with the first game scheduled to begin on 9th October in Chittagong.

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