Australia sign Thilan Samaraweera as batting consultant
Cricket Australia (CA) has signed former Sri Lankan batsman Thilan Samaraweera as a batting consultant at the National Cricket Centre in Brisbane from June to August.
Samaraweera, who currently lives in Melbourne, has the vast experience of playing 81 Tests and 53 One-Day Internationals in his career for Sri Lanka.
The 39-year-old revealed that he has been working with a set of Australian Test cricketers who were not part of the recently concluded tri-series in the West Indies.
"At the moment I’m involved with the National Cricket Academy in Brisbane," Samaraweera said.
"I’m working with a few Test players who are not involved in that West Indies tri-series.
"They are just coming here to train."
According to a report in ESPNcricinfo, Samaraweera stated that he is unlikely to travel to Sri Lanka with the Australian team on their tour.
Samaraweera previously worked at the academy with the Australian Under-19 side which eventually withdrew from the 2016 U-19 Cricket World Cup in Bangladesh.
At the National Cricket Centre, CA has specially prepared a pair of turning wickets to help the players get used to the conditions they are likely to face in the sub-continent.
On these pitches, Samaraweera has been working with the likes of Shaun Marsh, Adam Voges and Jackson Bird.
Revealing that the pitches prepared by CA are identical to the ones in the sub-continent, Marsh said that it was good to have Samaraweera giving tips on how to play spin bowling.
"I’ve had a hit on the spin wicket here and it’s very good - very similar to what you get on the subcontinent and it was a challenging net session," Marsh said.
"Samaraweera was throwing a few offies as well, and it’s been really good to chat to him and get a bit of an insight into the sort of conditions we’ll be facing in the next couple of months.
"He’s been helping with advice on how to play spin, he’s good to chat about that with."
Australia will arrive in Sri Lanka early in July for their campaign which gets underway in Pallekele with the first Test on 26th July.
Following the three-match Test series, Australia will also play five One-Day Internationals and two Twenty20 Internationals against Sri Lanka in their tour.
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